When Tite announced his roster for Qatar, you might not have known him. Or you may have thought at one time that the former Spanish international had found a way to change his sporting nationality in order to afford one last World Cup at 35. And then, you must have discovered the face of this famous Pedro in the video that made the rounds of social networks where we see him asking his girlfriend to marry after hearing her name in the 26 summoned with the “Seleçao” for this World Cup. But for fans of South American football, Flamengo’s leading striker is obviously anything but a stranger. In Brazil, they are even legion to campaign to see him overtake Gabriel Jesus in the hierarchy of Auriverde center-forwards for this World Cup.
If Pedro has not yet come into play in Qatar, the two are also in competition to start in the lead in the last group match of the Brazilians against Cameroon this Friday while Tite has planned to rotate widely. And if the center forward of Arsenal seems to hold the rope, it is not to everyone’s taste in the land of football. In a poll conducted by the Brazilian reference media O Globo to find out who Internet users wanted to see as a leading striker in the starting lineup against the Indomitable Lions, the result is clear: 85% for Pedro, 15 % for Gabriel Jesus. A real plebiscite. In another poll to know the ideal eleven for this third meeting, Pedro is even the one who received the most votes. Seen from Europe, this may surprise.
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At the start of 2022, no one would have bet on him. The native of Rio de Janeiro did not really enter into the plans of his coach, Paulo Sousa. From April to June, he was most often chomping at the bit on the Flamengo bench. At 25, it was a new complicated episode in the career of a striker, who has already missed an experience in Europe on the side of Fiorentina where he only stayed five months for four small entries into play (2019- 2020).
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Despite these new difficulties, Pedro still managed to stay focused to change everything with the arrival of Dorival on the bench of the carioca club. “Even in difficult times, I never stopped believing that it would be possible, he explained to the daily Lance. I managed to recover my mind, I worked hard on a daily basis and I was able to get what I needed in Flamengo” What he needed was playing time. Afterwards, Pedro was clinical in front of goal.
Scorer in a friendly against Tunisia in September (5-1), the best scorer of the Copa Libertadores with 12 goals, who has for models “Robert Lewandowski et Karim Benzema“, don’t make waves. Already delighted to be part of the adventure (“This will be my first World Cup, a childhood dream come true” he had confessed to the microphone of Fla TV in November), he remains ready, as always. And hopes to continue this stunning year 2022 in the most beautiful way. By ending with this sixth star so desired in Brazil for 20 years now. And if he manages to have a role in this quest, the story would be even more beautiful.
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