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Pedro Rodríguez

Pedro Eliezer Rodríguez Ledesma (; born 28 July 1987), commonly known as Pedro or Pedrito, is a Spain Association football who plays for FC Barcelona and the Spain national football team, as a Forward (association football) or Midfielder Winger.

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Pedro Eliezer Rodríguez Ledesma (; born 28 July 1987), commonly known as Pedro or Pedrito, is a Spain Association football who plays for FC Barcelona and the Spain national football team, as a Forward (association football) or Midfielder Winger.

Pedro usually plays the ball with Pedro Rodríguez left foot but is actually right-footed. Pedro Rodríguez can play on either side of the pitch, and even fit in as a target man. Pedro Rodríguez is excellent at finding the right position and has a strong shot that is most noticeable from long range.

During the 2009–10 La Liga at Pedro Rodríguez main club, FC Barcelona, Pedro became the first player in history to score in six different official club competitions in one season.

Club career

Early years

Born in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Pedro joined FC Barcelona's youth team at the age of 17, having arrived from local side CD San Isidro.

Pedro was a key player for FC Barcelona B, as it 2007–08 Tercera División from Tercera División, making 37 appearances and scoring seven goals. On August 13, Pedro Rodríguez started – later being substituted by Yaya Touré – in a 4–0 win against Poland side Wisła Kraków, for the UEFA Champions League 2008–09 UEFA Champions League. Pedro Rodríguez first match on the group stage of that competition was on 16 September, when Pedro Rodríguez replaced Thierry Henry in a 3–1 home win over Sporting Clube de Portugal.

In Barcelona's Treble (association football)-winning season in 2008–09 La Liga, Pedro eventually totalled 14 matches, also appearing in La Liga against Getafe CF (1–1 home draw), Valencia CF (4–0 home triumph), Real Valladolid (1–0 away win), CA Osasuna (0–1 home loss, with Barcelona already crowned champions), totalling 365 minutes. In 2009–10 Copa del Rey's Copa del Rey, Pedro Rodríguez played against Benidorm CF and Atlético Madrid, on both occasions for Lionel Messi. In the 2009 UEFA Champions League Final, Pedro Rodríguez played the last minute, in the place of Andrés Iniesta.

In 2009–10 La Liga, manager Josep Guardiola confirmed that Pedro would be definitely promoted to Barcelona's first team, and Pedro Rodríguez responded with a breakthrough season, during which Pedro Rodríguez became the first player to score in six different club competitions during a single season and in the same year. On August 16, after assisting Xavi with the first goal, Pedro scored Pedro Rodríguez first competitive goal for the first team in the 67th minute, helping to ensure a 2–1 victory over Athletic Bilbao in San Mamés Stadium, for 2009 Supercopa de España's Supercopa de España. Later that week, Pedro Rodríguez signed Pedro Rodríguez professional contract, running until June 2014, with a buyout clause set at Pound sign60 million.

On 28 September, Pedro scored Pedro Rodríguez first goal in the 2009-10 UEFA Champions League after replacing Iniesta at halftime in a 2–0 win against FC Dynamo Kyiv. Pedro Rodríguez continued Pedro Rodríguez hot streak and scored Pedro Rodríguez first league goal, against UD Almería, with a brilliant strike that sealed the 1–0 home triumph. A month later, on October 28, Pedro Rodríguez scored a brace in the first leg of the Spanish Cup 2009–10 Copa del Rey match at Cultural y Deportiva Leonesa, for a 2–0 win (he also scored in the second leg, a 5–0 home rout).

More and more established in Barcelona's starting lineups, Pedro went on to score another brace in the league, in a 4–2 win against RCD Mallorca. Pedro Rodríguez would continue Pedro Rodríguez scoring touch in the Champions League, scoring one of two against F.C. Internazionale Milano.

On December 16, Pedro scored a goal in the semi-final of the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup against Atlante F.C., in 3–1 win. In doing so, Pedro Rodríguez became the only player to score in six different club competitions in one season – the three domestic tournaments, the UEFA Champions League and Super Cup and the Club World Cup. Pedro Rodríguez was later named World Player of the Week by Goal.com after Pedro Rodríguez performances against RCD Espanyol, Atlante and Estudiantes de La Plata of Argentina, respectively.

In an emotional return to Pedro Rodríguez hometown of CD Tenerife, on 10 January 2010, Pedro came on as a 76th-minute substitute, later helping to Ezequiel Luna's own goal in a 5–0 win; out of respect, Pedro Rodríguez chose not to celebrate. On April 10, Pedro Rodríguez scored the second goal in a 2–0 win against Real Madrid C.F., in Pedro Rodríguez first appearance in El Clásico.

On 14 April, in a league match against Deportivo de La Coruña, opposing Goalkeeper (association football) Daniel Aranzubia attempted to clear the ball from the top of the 16-yard box, and instead kicked the ball right to Pedro, who shot at goal from 40 yards with Pedro Rodríguez left foot and scored, giving Barça a 2–0 lead – eventually 3–0. Pedro Rodríguez also found the net in a 3–1 defeat in the first leg of Champions League semi-finals, against Inter at the San Siro.

In the last three league matches, Pedro scored for Barcelona, with the Catalonia eventually renewing their league supremacy: against Tenerife again (4–1 win), the 3–2 winner at Sevilla FC and against Valladolid (4–0). Pedro Rodríguez completed the 2009–10 season with 53 appearances in all competitions (31 starts) and 23 goals. On 9 June 2010, Pedro Rodríguez signed a new five-year deal with Barcelona.

Pedro began the 2010–11 La Liga firmly established in Barcelona's starting XI. On 29 November 2010, Pedro Rodríguez scored the second goal in a 5–0 home win against Real Madrid, with Barça climbing to the first position in the league. The following month, Pedro Rodríguez netted twice at Espanyol in the local derby, in a 5–1 win.

On 20 April 2011, Pedro scored against Real Madrid in the second half of 2010–11 Copa del Rey 2011 Copa del Rey Final, but Pedro Rodríguez goal was disallowed for offside, in an eventual 0–1 Overtime (sports) loss. On 3 May, against the same opponent, in the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League second leg, Pedro Rodríguez found Iker Casillas' net in a 1–1 home draw (3–1 aggregate win), for Pedro Rodríguez 21st official goal of the campaign; in 2011 UEFA Champions League Final, Pedro Rodríguez opened the score against Manchester United F.C., in an eventual 3–1 win.

On 5 July 2011, Pedro extended Pedro Rodríguez contract by one year, until 2016. Pedro Rodríguez buyout clause was raised from €90m to €150m.

International career

On 20 May 2010, Pedro was included by Vicente del Bosque in Spain national football team's 23-man squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. On the 29th, Pedro Rodríguez made Pedro Rodríguez debut in a 3–2 friendly win against Saudi Arabia national football team, and earned Pedro Rodríguez second cap shortly after, as a 58th minute substitute in a 1–0 win against Korea Republic national football team.

On 8 June 2010, in the last friendly prior to the finals in South Africa, with Poland national football team, Pedro scored Pedro Rodríguez first international goal, and also assisted Fernando Torres, in a 6–0 victory. In the final stages, Pedro Rodríguez appeared in five matches (three as a late substitute): on July 7, in the semi-final against Germany national football team, Pedro Rodríguez started in place of Torres, who had been performing poorly in earlier matches. In the 82nd minute, with Spain leading 1–0, Pedro Rodríguez attempted to score a goal himself rather than set up an unmarked Torres, although Pedro Rodríguez performed well in the match. Despite this error, Pedro Rodríguez was selected to start in 2010 FIFA World Cup Final, with the national team winning 1–0 against the Netherlands national football team; at the hour-mark, Pedro Rodríguez was replaced by Jesús Navas.

International goals


Club statistics



Honours

Barcelona

- La Liga (3): 2008–09 La Liga, 2009–10 La Liga, 2010–11 La Liga
- Copa del Rey (1): 2008–09 Copa del Rey; Runner-up 2010–11 Copa del Rey
- Supercopa de España (3): 2009 Supercopa de España, 2010 Supercopa de España, 2011 Supercopa de España
- UEFA Champions League (2): 2009 UEFA Champions League Final, 2011 UEFA Champions League Final
- UEFA Super Cup (2): 2009 UEFA Super Cup, 2011 UEFA Super Cup
- FIFA Club World Cup (2): 2009 FIFA Club World Cup, 2011 FIFA Club World Cup

Spain

- FIFA World Cup: 2010 FIFA World Cup

Individual

- Prince of Asturias Awards: 2010

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pedro_Rodr%C3%ADguez_Ledesma

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