For weeks the transfer rumors had Spanish star Pedro moving from Barcelona to Manchester to play with the Red Devils.
On Thursday, the Blues announced the signing of Pedro for a transfer fee of $34 million. He brings with him to Stamford Bridge 5 La Liga titles, 3 Champions League titles and has also won world and European champions.
“I am very happy to be here. I am very excited to start my adventure at Chelsea and I am here to keep winning titles,” Pedro said in a statement issued on Chelsea’s website. “Thanks to the club and the supporters for giving me the opportunity to put the blue shirt on.”
Born in Tenerife, Pedro Eliezer Rodríguez Ledesma signed with Barca’s academy in 2004 and made his first-team debut in January 2008. He was the first player to score in the Spanish league, Copa del Rey, Champions League, both the European and Spanish Super Cups as well as the World Club Cup.
Playing for Spain in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Pedro started the semi-final and final, and was a key figure in the team’s victory over the Netherlands.
A year later he scored the opening goal in the Champions League final at Wembley as Barca beat Manchester United 3-1.