Barcelona Wonderkid Pedri Sees Sharp Market Value Rise After Breakout Euro 2020 Performance

Published 07/16/2021, 3:22 PM EDT


The Barcelona academy La Masia is known for producing a few of the best players in the world of football. However, Barcelona’s newest young star, Pedri, is someone they bought for a minimal fee last year. The Spanish midfielder, still only 18, has enjoyed one of the best seasons a footballer can ever achieve.

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Pedri’s market value skyrocketed in a year as he was only worth €7.2 million when Barcelona first picked him up. However, after his incredible performances for club and country, Transfermarkt has set Pedri’s market value at €80 million euros, making him one of the most expensive young players in the world.

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He was only 17 when he joined Barcelona last year and was immediately thrown into the first-team set-up as the manager loved what he had to offer over other players like Carles Alena and Riqui Puig.

Signed from Las Palmas, Pedri enjoyed a stellar season for Barcelona as he played in 37 games for the Spanish club. It was his composure on the ball and his quick feet that prompted Spanish manager Luis Enrique to call him up, and after making a few appearances for the Spanish youth-level teams, Pedri was integrated into the first team by the former Barcelona manager.

That proved to be a stroke of genius, as Pedri proved his worth in the EURO. He started all six games for Spain and covered the most ground for the country.

Moreover, his passing was world-class as he rarely lost the ball. His performances earned him the prestigious Young player of the tournament award from UEFA, and he is not the favorite to win the golden boy award too.

Barcelona tried to block Pedri from representing Spain in the Olympics

The Spanish FA raised eyebrows when they named a powerful squad for the Olympic Games football competition in Tokyo, particularly because of the inclusion of Barcelona starlet Pedri.

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Barcelona tried to resist Spain’s call for Pedri but was told to back down by the RFEF. Coach Ronald Koeman has also hit out against the decision to call him up.

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However, there is no stopping him now as Pedri will try and get the Olympic gold medal for Spain and end this season with another amazing tournament.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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