Pedro’s brace at the Vicente Calderon on Friday night means that he has scored in all five finals he’s played in – Champions League, Spanish and European Super Cups, World Club Cup and the Spanish Cup
Equalling Leo Messi
Pedro Rodríguez has a knack of getting important goals and his first and third goals against Bilbao on Friday showed once again how important he is to the team in finals, having scored in each of the finals he’s figured in since he made his debut in the 2008/09 season.
He first made his mark with a goal in the Spanish Super Cup first leg at San Mames at the start of the 09/10 season and he followed that up with a decisive strike in extra time of the European Super Cup and another in the final of the World Club Cup which took the game into extra time.
Last season, he scored the opener in the Champions League final against Manchester United at Wembley and that meant he was just missing a goal in the Spanish Cup to match Leo Messi – the only other player in the squad who’s scored in the finals of all the Cup competitions – something he achieved on Friday.
The 2009/10 season saw Pedro really explode onto the scene and his hard work, tactical discipline and particularly his goals made him an icon of the team that won the 6 cups, becoming the first player in the history of the game to score in six competition in a single season – League, Champions League, European and Spanish Super Cups, Spanish Cup and World Club Cup – something Messi has managed this season.