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Pedro Rodriguez, One Of The Most Under-Celebrated Legends Of His Era
In this era of football, it appears like the dominance of Lionel Messi and Christiano Ronaldo for the past decade have gone a long way to swallow up the heroics of almost other awesome players. Week in week out, the names of these duo continue to flood the media. Whether they score, assist, lose a match or just make an appearance in the pitch, there is always a record for them to break or set a new one. Source So most times, when we see headlines with the name Messi or Ronaldo, we are always looking forward to see which new record have been created or broken. Now, let's take a little look at one player who seem to have accomplished what no other player have done. Though under celebrated, Pedro Rodriguez has distinguished himself from the herd, and trust me, the history of this game will never be complete if his name is not part of the storyline. Well, Pedro isn't one of those players who gets lost in a team, he always pull through and leave his mark. It's not something most people will agree to, but the Spaniard has now written his name with gold after winning the Europa League under Maurizio Sarri. Whether anyone wants to agree or not, Pedro Rodriguez is one of the most successful players of his time. If there is any day Pedro will find hard to forget, it will be the Wednesday night he lifted the Europa League with Chelsea, a trophy that saw him break an age long record. Apart from his agile nature and swift left foot, Pedro Rodriguez has also got a nice facial which always makes him appear like he is not getting any older. It's my personal admiration for the Spaniard though, but that's by the way. After having an awesome career in Barcelona, he came over to the Stamford Bridge to explore his career even more. Sometimes, new challenges makes life more interesting and helps us see life from another perspective. In a demanding team like Chelsea, Pedro knew if he most survive and justify his pedigree, he had to work even harder than he used to in Spain. Staying relevant in Stamford Bridge as a striker is one of the most challenging adventure in football, however, Pedro has survived and today he has a reason to look back at his efforts and feel satisfied on how far he come in his career. In fact, from his words after lifting the Europa league, one can deduce that should he retire now from football, he will still be contented with his achievements. He said in Chelsea's official Website: "I can retire now. Another title is good for me! It’s the first time I have played the Europa League and to win it is special." The first 45 minutes was a bit interesting and the tempo of the final was still high. But with Pedro netting Chelsea's second goal of the night, nerves settled and the blues knew they were on their way to handing Sarri his first major trophy. With Arsenal unable to keep Chelsea at bay, the blues went on to pummel Unai Emery's side 4-1. Pedro's goal made him the fifth player in football to net in a European Cup/Champions league and UEFA Cup/Europa League final. Joining the likes of Simonsen, Dmitri Alenichev, Crespo and Steven Gerrard. I can only imaging his trophy cabinet, and how many medals have been hung round his neck. At the age of 31, the Spaniard has won a whopping 26 trophies already, now, isn't that an awesome achievement? It's just remarkable and I feel he deserves more attention than he has gotten so far. His seven years adventure with the Spanish giants Barcelona had seen him win five La liga titles, Three Champions League and three Copa Del Rey trophies. Now, in Chelsea, he has won the Premier League, an FA Cup and Wednesday night saw him add the Europa league to his cabinet in Chelsea shirt. Having played alongside and against some of the greatest players of his era, Pedro Rodriguez remains a legendary figure of the game, and history will for ever remember him.
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