Former Barcelona star and current La Liga commentator Gary Lineker recently named Pedri as his favorite above Lionel Messi.
Lineker was awarded the Manuel Vazquez Montalban journalism award in the sports journalism category. While collecting the honor from the Catalan club’s president Joan Laporta, Lineker picked Pedri above Messi as his favorite at the moment.
The Englishman said (via sport es):
“I love it, it’s exceptional. It’s not Messi, who is unique and there is no one like him, but Pedri has it all and is different from the others.”
The 61-year-old also went on to share his take on Barcelona’s rebuilding process under Xavi Hernandez.
While the Blaugranas have struggled in recent times, their overall performances under Xavi have been encouraging since the Spaniard took over from Ronald Koeman last season. Lineker said:
“It’s still early days but I see Barça doing well. They have young and very good players. Being a Barça manager is difficult, there is a lot of expectation, I think Xavi is doing very well, the team is improving.
“It’s difficult to take on a team and change everything quickly. Pity the problems in the Champions.”