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Pedro

Updated: Apr 6

Pedro Eliezer Rodríguez Ledesma, better known as Pedro, born in Santa Cruz de Tenerife on July 28, 1987, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as winger for Lazio and the Spanish national team.


In his career, Pedro Rodriguez Ledesma, better known as Pedro, has won

  • World Cup (Spain)

  • European Cup (Spain)

  • 3 Champions Leagues (Barcelona)

  • 2 FIFA Club World Cups (Barcelona)

  • Premier League (Chelsea)

  • 5 Spanish Leagues (Barcelona)

  • Europa League (Chelsea)

  • 3 UEFA Super Cups (Barcelona)

  • FA Cup (Chelsea)

  • 3 Copa del Rey's (Barcelona)

  • 4 Supercopas de España (Barcelona)

There is not much else he can win, at least at international level!!!


He was born in Santa Cruz de Tenerife on July 28, 1987. He started his career with Club Deportivo San Isidro and at 17 joined the youth teams of Barcelona. He worked himself up the ladder to the A team after having played two years in C team and three in the B team. He debuted in the Liga on January 12 2008 in the game won by Barça 4-0 against Real Murcia. In 8 years he played 321 games and scored 99 goals in all competitions winning 20 titles. He played alongside some of the best players in the World, Lionel Messi and Andrés Iniesta to name a few, and under Frank Rijkard, Pep Guardiola, Tito Vilanova, Gerardo Martino and Luis Enrique.


In late August 2015 he joined Chelsea. A few thought that he would not shine as much as he had done with Barcelona but he did, winning three trophies in five years in 206 appearances with 43 goals. His managers were Guus Hiddink, Antonio Conte, Maurizio Sarri and Frank Lampard.


In August 2020 he signed for Roma as a free agent. He had an important impact on arrival with three goals and three assists, a leader both on the pitch and off. And then he got injured, had problems finding his form when he returned and had trouble with manager Paulo Fonseca. He was the shadow of the player everybody remembered and the fans were not happy.


On May 4 2021 Roma announced José Mourinho as new manager. The Portuguese had no interest in the Spaniard for reasons Pedro still does not know. “He decided to let me go. I asked him why, I wanted him to tell me to my face, but he did not want to say”, he said in a recent interview.


At this point Roma wanted to get rid of him even for free. Sarri was very interested and Pedro signed for Lazio. A very rare direct deal between the clubs. With the Biancocelesti Pedro rediscovered his enthusiasm and even scored in the derby, one of the three players who have played and scored for both teams in the eternal battle between Biancocelesti and Giallorossi (Aleksandar Kolarov and Arne Selmosson the other two). He became a fan favourite and the Curva Nord started chanting his name using a Raffaella Carrà (famous Italian TV personality) song. In the two years of his contract he has appeared in 87 games and scored 17 goals.


In 2023 he renewed his contract with Lazio.


He has 65 caps with Spain (17 goals) and participated in the World Cups of 2010 (which Spain won) and 2014 as well as Euro 2012 (won) and 2016.


Pedro is a great player, fast, able to score in any way, with the exception of a header seeing he is not particularly tall (1.67 metres). He has scored some amazing goals in his career and it is a pleasure to watch him play.


Lazio Career (updated April 3, 2024)

Season

Total games (goals)

Serie A

Coppa Italia

Champions League

Europa League

Conference League

Super Coppa

2021-22

41 (10)

32 (9)

1

-

8 (1)


2022-23

46 (7)

36 (4)

2

-

5 (2)

3 (1)


2023-24

37 (3)

26 (1)

2

8 (2)

-

-

1

Total

124 (20)

94 (14)

5

8 (2)

13 (3)

3 (1)

1

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