Pedro Rodriguez Ledesma: Barcelona's Latest Superstar?

Andrew Ewing@@ArshavinalaughContributor IMarch 3, 2010

BARCELONA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 27:  Pedro of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring 1-0 during the La Liga match between Barcelona and Malaga at Camp Nou on February 27, 2010 in Barcelona, Spain. Barcelona won 2-1. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
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Pedro Rodriguez Ledesma sent Barcelona on their way to a crucial league victory last weekend when they were in danger of being frustrated by a determined Malaga defence.

Pedro's strike from the edge of the box after 68 minutes opened the scoring in a 2-1 win.

This latest goal from the 22-year-old comes off the back of some very important goals this season.

Most recently in January, Pedro netted the winner when Barca beat Sporting Gijon 1-0.

Pedro also got the decisive second goal against Sevilla earlier in the season.

Pedro has scored important goals in Europe too. He scored in the 2-0 win over Inter in the group stage when Barca were without Lionel Messi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Barca became World Club Champions in December but they wouldn't have achieved that if Pedro did not score an equaliser in the 89th minute to send the game to extra time.

When Barca won the Super Cup back in August, again it was Pedro who scored the winning goal.

Pedro has now scored 16 goals in all competitions this season—second only to Messi.

He has made 21 appearances so far but only 12 of these have been starts.

He has scored six of his seven league goals when he has started. Those statistics speak for themselves.

Pep Guardiola obviously believes in the Canary Island born winger. Pedro shone for Barcelona B under Guardiola's management. Guardiola promoted him to the first team when he became first team boss.

Pedro's form has even surprised himself but he says the players around him have helped boost his goal tally.

"Maybe I'm lucky or maybe it's down to my teammates who make my work much easier," he told Barca TV .

Barca have rewarded Pedro with a new five-year contract with a release clause of €75 million to fend off any interest from other top European clubs.

Pedro offers a lot to the Barca team. His versatility is a key weapon at his disposal. He is right footed but just as comfortable and accurate with his left and can operate on either wing.

Thierry Henry has just three goals this season, while Ibrahimovic is currently going through a dry spell.

I'm sure Pedro will receive more game time in the latter stages of the season when fixtures come thick and fast.

It could be time for Pedro to cement a regular starting place for Barcelona come next season.