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Pedro Rodriguez - Players to star in South Africa

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A possible star of the World Cup 2010 PedroAny player that can keep Thierry Henry out of a side must have some quality, and that is exactly what Pedro has done this season. Scoring 23 goals for Barcelona in all competitions, Pedro has burst on to the scene in Spain, and despite having no international experience, has been called up in to the Spanish World Cup squad.

Playing alongside Lionel Messi, Pedro is very much in the Messi mould. He is only 5ft 6, but is quick and skilful with an eye for a goal, and his performances at club level have earned him a place in the Spanish squad, which with the quality that Spain have is already a great achievement for the 22 year old.

Pedro was born on island of Tenerife, but would join the Barcelona youth set up at the age of 14. From then on he began to work his way up through the ranks at the Nou Camp, and would make his first team debut in 2008. He played 14 times that season as Barcelona won the treble, but didn't find the back of the net.

And that has made Pedro's goal scoring exploits this season all the more remarkable. He has become the first man in Barcelona history to score in all six competitions the team entered, and would go on to score 12 times in La Liga.

Pedro has established himself as a mainstay in the Barcelona team, and it wouldn't be at all surprising for him to do the same at international level. However he will have to produce something special to earn a place in the starting line up with competition for places from the likes of David Silva and Juan Manual Mata.

But if Pedro does get his chance, don't be surprised if he emerges as one of Spain's key men. He has all the ability to go on to be a top player, and has thrived under the pressure of playing for one of Europe's biggest clubs. He should thrive for playing for one of Europe's biggest nations, and I'm sure we will hear a lot more of him in the years to come.


Pedro is currently a cheeky 220/1 on Betfair to be the Top Goalscorer in the World Cup

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