Barcelona midfielder Pedri has vowed to shave his head if Spain wins Euro 2020 after helping La Roja advance to the semi-finals of the competition.
The 18-year-old has played a key role for Luis Enrique’s side as they face Italy for a place in the final at Wembley Stadium. Pedri spoke about his team’s progress and how he plans to celebrate if his Spanish side make it through in an interview with Deportes Cuatro.
âI’m a little tired, but at 18 I have the strength to do a lot more,â he said. âAll the teams are good. Anyone can take out everyone and it will be a great game. It is a dream to be able to wear the shirt of BarÃ§a and Spain. I hope I can take advantage of it [the semi-final]. If we win the European Championship, I’ll shave my head.
Pedri entered the tournament after playing 52 times for Barcelona in all competitions in his debut season with the Catalan giants following a transfer from Las Palmas. He went on to start Spain’s five matches at Euro 2020 and was one of the best players on the squad.
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Pedro draws attention
There is no doubt that Pedri has garnered attention this summer. The 18-year-old has covered more distance than any other player in the tournament so far, according to ESPN FC.
Pedri also made history when he appeared in Spain’s opener against Sweden, becoming the youngest player never played for La Roja in a European Championship at the age of 18 years and 201 days.
Another record followed when Pedri started Spain’s last 16 clashes against Croatia, as Opta showed.
Manager Luis Enrique praised the youngster and played down concerns about fatigue after making the Barcelona midfielder a regular at his midfield, as Marca reported.
âFacts define a situation better than words. Pedri is a unique player, a footballer like no other, “he said.” I see him very fresh and I see him fresh even when he’s playing ping-pong, which I see him from. elsewhere very well. “
His Spanish teammate and Alvaro Morata were also impressed with the teenager during the tournament and predicted great things for Pedri. He told El Larguero he had been “amazed” by the midfielder and believed he would “be one of the best players in Spanish history without a doubt”.
Barcelona on the way to Pedri Row?
Pedri will return to an international mission after Euro 2020 after being named to the Spain squad for the Tokyo Olympics. The teenager was called into the 22 along with his Barca teammates Oscar Mingueza and Eric Garcia.
Still, the decision to include Pedri would not have gone well with Barcelona. The Catalan giants are “not at all happy” and worry about the lack of rest of the youngster before the 2021-22 campaign, according to Marca.
It should be noted that Barcelona actually gave Pedri an early vacation at the end of last season after a turbulent campaign with the club. Pedri missed the team’s last La Liga game against Eibar after being allowed a break.
Barca have even asked that Pedri be excluded from the Olympic team due to “potential injuries and risk of overloading”. According to Sport, the club were told there was no chance the teenager would miss the tournament and would play a “key role” in Spain’s bid for Olympic glory.
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