Barcelona midfield prodigy Pedri has established himself as one of the best in Europe despite his young age.
Just 20 years old, the Spanish midfielder is one of the most essential cogs in the team for both his club and country.
A winner of the prestigious Golden Boy Award and Kopa Trophy for the year 2021, Pedri, in his fledgling career, has drawn comparisons to the iconic Andres Iniesta.
Indeed, the 20-year-old has been likened to the Barcelona legend due to the qualities that he exhibits on the pitch.
In a recent interview with Men’s Health magazine, Pedri opened up on the matter, stating that while it gives him great honour to be compared with Iniesta, he wishes to carve his own career and make his own name.
“It is a great pride to be compared to Andrés Iniesta, but I must make my own career. I have to be Pedri,” Pedri said.
From one Barcelona icon to two others, Pedri went on to shed light on what he has learned from current manager Xavi Hernandez as well as former Spain boss Luis Enrique, who was reportedly keen on signing the youngster at PSG during the summer.
“From Xavi Hernández I’ve learned something I didn’t do so much and now I do a lot: look before I receive a pass…. And from Luis Enrique, above all, to compete and to know how to convey what you want,” Pedri said.
The midfielder, who made an appearance on the cover of the latest edition of Men’s Health (Spain), also had a few words about teammate and fellow midfield prodigy Gavi.
“I used to drive Gavi every day but now he’s got his licence and I don’t see him as much. He’d be too embarrassed to do this Men’s Health cover,” the 20-year-old revealed.
Pedri has already spoken about his interest in Gerard Pique’s Kings’ League and once again opened up on it, stating that if he were not contracted with Barcelona, he would love to play in the novel competition.
“If I wasn’t at Barça and didn’t have a contract, I’d be happy to play in it,” he said.