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Pedri names his dream five-a-side of non-footballers

By Ben Green

Pedri names his dream five-a-side of non-footballers

Published: 11:43, 16 March 2022

If you’re picking a five-a-side of current footballing stars, the chances are, Pedri is going straight into your team.

The Canary Islander has emerged as one of the game’s most promising midfielders, flourishing for both Barcelona and the Spanish national team since bursting onto the scene — racking up over 100 appearances in all competitions before he’s even turned 20.

When it comes to the sort of attributes you would look for in a five-a-side player, Pedri hits all the key notes, with a laser-guided passing range, a low centre of gravity, superb ball control and a deftness that allows him to glide past players in the blink of an eye.

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The 19-year-old has now been describing to Barca TV+ the sort of player traits he would be looking for when picking his “dream” five-a-side team, but there is a caveat to his selection process: he is not allowed to name any footballers, but rather, other sporting stars across the globe.

With himself in the team, Pedri chose not to cast his net far and wide, instead selecting three basketball players and one tennis player. He said: “So I’d have LeBron James at centre-back I think, he’d stop everyone.

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“I’d put Stephen Curry up top. I love basketball and I’d like to see him score as well as he scores three-pointers. He really can score from anywhere.

“In midfield, I’ve seen Rafael Nadal play with a tennis ball and he’s not bad at all.

“Pau Gasol in goal. I think he’d keep most things out with those hands of his.”