Pedro Praise For Messi
Pedro Rodriguez has added his name to the list of admirers of his Barcelona compatriot Lionel Messi, who collected the European Golden Shoe in a ceremony on Thursday evening. The Spanish international broke into the Blaugrana first team last season and bore witness to Messi’s 34-goal campaign, firing the Camp Nou club to the title in the process.
The wide attacker has no doubt that the dynamic Argentine is unequalled in world football in terms of ability, and he told a press conference this afternoon: “He is the best player in the world, and he has no comparison with any other player. Lionel Messi is irreplaceable, but we have won games when he hasn’t been playing.
“He works hard every day and it shows on the field. He always wants to further himself and play here for a long time.” Pedro also commented on the defensive tactics that teams have employed against the Blaugrana this season, particularly in the wake of their 1-1 draw in the Champions League against Rubin Kazan. He remarked: “Opposing teams defend against us a lot, but we are creating chances. We had many in Kazan, and we have to improve our aim for the games to come, but we are working well. We can improve our performance in front of goal, but we are calm about the situation.”
The 23-year-old Messi was bestowed with the honour after scoring 34 league goals in the 2009-10 campaign. Barca president Sandro Rosell already announced that the club will never let him leave and now Messi himself has said that he wants to stay with Catalan outfit for the rest of his playing career.
“This is what I always say: Barcelona is my home and I hope that I stay here for many years,” said the Argentina international, according to Spanish sports daily Marca.