In the midst of all the crisis, the fans of FC Barcelona got a rare moment in the club to smile. A moment where they can have a bright, big smile. After a long, breakthrough season, Pedri Gonzalez Lopez, the young talent, extended his contract with Barca till 2026. The highlight o0f the contract was not the extension but the release clause that the club added with it. A whopping one billion euros. This release clause means that if any club wants to sign him, they have to pay that huge release clause. Try to put soccer betting on Pedri just like how Barca added the huge release clause.

Practically we don’t see any club spending that much money. Adding such a release clause with the contract of Pedri, it’s an indirect statement from the club that the highly talented midfielder is not for sale. Even during the financial crisis, the club will not sell him to get some money. He is an integral part of the club for the future. The club also deserves appreciation for not selling him when they are going through substantial financial problems. No other player in the club has such a release clause. Even Messi had only a release clause of 700 million euros. It’s now a club record.

The talented midfielder from the Canary Islands deserves this contract by every means. Pedri’s life with Barca was like lightning. Everything happened in such a way where even the player would not have thought about it. Barca signed him in 2019 for just 5 million euros from Las Palmas, intending to play him with the B=team. But his breakthrough happened swiftly. After the 2020-21 season, he played 52 matches for the club. He was also the player who played the most matches last season. No one expected this much from an 18-year-old boy. He established himself in Barca’s midfield within one season.

The performances with Barca also opened the doors to Spain’s national team, where he announced himself to the rest of the world by the scintillating performances in the Euro Cup. He also won the award for the Best Young Player of the Tournament and was part of the Team of the Tournament. He also won the silver medal in the Tokyo Olympics.
Last season he played 74 matches in total for both club and country after the debut for Barcelona. It is a good record. But it’s also a worrying stat. Because at the age of 18, a player should get maximum recovery after every game. But Pedri was not getting enough time for recovery. It may lead to injuries.

Barcelona’s manager Ronald Koeman has already stated that Pedri will not play as much as last season. Barca will be careful with the youngster this season. They will not take any risks. The one billion euros means a lot.