“That is the value he puts in his contract, but Pedri is worth more, much more,” says an “excited” Laporta
“I would give Leo the Ballon d’Or for everything he has helped me in this club, I always said he is the best,” says the canary
Pedri is the player worth 1,000 million euros. This is indicated by his termination clause, the highest in the history of Barça. “This clause shows what the club is betting on me,” said the young Canarian calmly, who at 18 years old does not stop breaking records of all kinds. He has signed until 2026 with that price, higher than he had in his day Griezmann (800) and up Messi (700).
“That is the value he puts in his contract, but Pedri is worth more, much more,” said an “excited” Joan Laporta, president of Barça, happy to ensure the continuity of the midfielder who a year ago played in the Second Division with Las Palmas and now it is a pillar of the sports regeneration of the Barça team.
Laporta’s lapse with Pedri and Messi
The leader was so excited that when he referred to Pedri, the name of Messi came out unconsciously, causing the canary and his entire family to smile, especially his father’s. “I prefer to see the years and the project that we have more than that clause,” said the midfielder.
“I am where I have always wanted to be”, Pedri has recognized, supported by his parents (Fernando and Maria Rosario) and Fer, his older brother with whom he lives in Barcelona. “Sometimes when I start to look at things I think that everything I am experiencing is crazy,” the canary said in an interview with Barça TV before signing his new contract with the club until 2026.
He is not without reason. Las Palmas, Barça, Spain … Untouchable for Koeman, the coach who cradled him on his landing in the First Division, and indispensable for Luis Enrique. Chosen best young player of the Eurocup, included in the ideal eleven of the tournament, Olympic silver medal, candidate for the Golden Boy with Gavi (“it is amazing to play with him”, he says about his cohabitation with that 17-year-old Andalusian teenager) and nominated in the list of 30 candidates for the Ballon d’Or.
“My hope is to be here for many years. I know we are going through a difficult time, but this is the best club in the world and it is going to rise. And great things are going to be achieved”
Pedri, Barça player
“It is a very happy day for me. I am in the club of my dreams,” he told his family, who lived on the front line of the 1899 Auditorium of the Camp Nou with emotion at this act in which the club wanted to give him the rank of signing. Stellar signing. “First of all, I wanted to remember my friends on La Palma, I want to send them a lot of strength,” said the canary to cheer after the eruption of the volcano.
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“My hope is to be here for many years. I know we are going through a difficult time, but this is the best club in the world and it is going to rise. And great things are going to be achieved,” he proclaimed pedri, who has no doubts about who should win the next Ballon d’Or. “I would give it to Messi who has helped me a lot since I came to the club. I always said he was the best,” he said.
He does not feel gripped by the responsibility of that astronomical clause of 1,000 million euros that the club has placed on him. “The responsibility I put aside when I enter the field. I am proud, I really want to play again,” he said, recalling that he suffers a muscle injury that will prevent him from being against Valencia and, perhaps, against Dinamo de Kiev. His idea is to reappear in the classic on Sunday 24 against Madrid.
“I really want to return to the president the confidence he has given me to be here. I aspire to win everything in the coming years,” he confessed in an ambitious message that filled with satisfaction. Laporta, convinced that “Barça has great potential”.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.