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Is Pedro the next great Brazilian superstar?

ANALYST
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It goes without saying that Brazilians form a dominant presence in world football. From playing in the small streets of Brazil, players like Neymar, Coutinho, Thiago Silva, Firmino etc. have made a name for themselves in European football today.

Brazil has always been known for creating world beaters in football. The likes of Pele, Ronaldinho and Kaka went on to become the best players in the world. The country has consistently produced huge talents over the years.

One such talent is 21-year-old Pedro. He is a striker who plays for Fluminense, a club that has produced players like Marcelo, Thiago Silva and Deco over the years.

Fluminense v Palmeiras - Brasileirao Series A 2018
Fluminense v Palmeiras - Brasileirao Series A 2018

Pedro is a complete striker, almost like a Robert Lewandowski. He is good in the air, good with the ball at his feet and clinical at finishing.

The Brazilian has 10 goals in 19 appearances for his team in the domestic league this season. He is even good at creating chances for his fellow teammates to score, and has got two assists to his name.

Following his impressive performances, Pedro was called up by coach Tite to represent Brazil in the international friendlies in August. However, an injury ruled him out and he was replaced by former club teammate Richarlison.

Pedro had a remarkable partnership with Richarlison a few years ago, before Watford made a move for the latter. Since then, Richarlison has been an instant hit in the Premier League. His impressive first season with Watford earned him a record €50 million to Everton last year.

Richarlison (L) and Pedro
Richarlison (L) and Pedro

Pedro is a player who is a constant threat to the opposition’s defence. He never switches off; he always remains involved in the game. He averages about 2.9 shots per game and constantly keeps the opposition keeper on his toes.

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Pedro is a typical Brazilian player who does not like to keep the ball on the ground too often. Just like Neymar and Coutinho, he shows off his Samba skills with cheeky flicks and swift turns every now and then.

Pedro has an eye for goal, and is also good at shooting from outside the box. He is a natural aerial threat and scores goals indirectly off set pieces with his superb poaching skills. 

Pedro has the potential to go on and become one of the best strikers in world football. He has the skill and the ability to shine in any of Europe’s top 5 leagues.

If he decides to move to England, Everton would be the perfect club for him as he can reunite with Richarlison. The two can form a deadly combination up front for the Toffees.

A move to Everton will be the right step for Pedro to move his career ahead. If he manages to perform consistently at Everton, he might even become the player who could go on and replace Robert Lewandowski at FC Bayern or Luis Suarez at FC Barcelona.

Pedro has it in him to follow the footsteps of fellow Brazilians who went on to become world beaters at football. He is still young and has to develop a lot to reach the very top level of world football, but with time on his hands, there's no limit to where he can reach.

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