Name: Pedro Rodríguez Ledesma
Date of Birth: 28-07-1987
Place of Birth: Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Height: 169 cm
Weight: 64 kg
FC Barcelona-R.Murcia (4-0, League), 12/01/2008
This winger, born in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, joined the Barça youth structure in August 2004 to play for the Juvenil A side after previously representing CD San Isidro.
After three years in the reserve teams, Pedro got his first taste of the first team during the
2007/08 season. Both these games were at the Camp Nou, against Murcia in game 19 and Valladolid in
game 29. But he still spent most of the season with Barça B, helping them to promotion to Division
2B. He scored six goals in 36 outings.
Guardiola, now manager of the first team, kept a close eye on his former charge. In fact, Pedro was one of the players he made the most use of in the 2008/09 preseason. As the season progressed, Pedro started playing a role in all three competitions, and even enjoyed some pitch time in the Copa del Rey and Champions League finals. In total, he appeared in 14 games in the 2008/09 season, but didn’t score any goals.
On August 20, 2009 Pedro signed a contract as a first team player after being one of the highest scorers in the preseason matches. In 2009, Pedro Rodríguez scored in the Spanish League and Cup, the Champions League , both the European and Spanish Super Cups and the World Club Cup – the first player in the world to achieve this. Without a doubt the grand revelation of the 2009-10 season. He scored 10 goals in the league of the 99 points.
In 2010/11 he stayed as strong, making 53 appearances, one more than 2009/10, and scored 22 goals, one fewer than the previous year, one of which was the opener at Wembley. In the 2010/11 season he scored in six consecutive games, something only Escolà, Quini and Stoichkov had done before him.
His extraordinary performances at club level took him to the Spanish squad for the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa. He made the starting line-up in the semi-final and final and became a key figure in Spain’s eventual victory.
Although he usually plays the ball with his left foot, Pedro is actually right handed. This ambidextrous nature of his game means he can play on either side of the pitch, or even fit in as a target man. He is excellent at finding the right position and has a powerful shot, most notably from long range.
2010/11 Champions League
2010/11 Spanish Super Cup
2009/10 World Club Cup
2009/10 European Super Cup
2009/10 Spanish Super Cup
2008/09 Champions League
2008/09 Copa del Rey
Spanish national team
2010 World Cup
2010-11 FC Barcelona
2009-10 FC Barcelona
2008-09 FC Barcelona