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Barcelona teen sensation almost joined Real Madrid

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Pedri was about to join Madrid, until a snowstorm and his grandfather intervened

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Barcelona’s newest youth sensation is Pedro González López, also known as Pedri. The sixteen-year-old attacker currently plays for UD Las Palmas in the second division, but has agreed to join Barça starting next year. He’s turning heads at Las Palmas and is one of Spain’s biggest promises at the U17 FIFA World Cup.

In addition, Pedri is a lifelong Barcelona fan. His father is the president of the Barcelona fan club in his local Tenerife, and his grandfather was the founder. But it almost wasn’t to be. In fact, he almost joined Real Madrid.

That’s according to a story told by his father, Fernando González, on Cadena SER, He says that when Pedri was younger, Real Madrid offered him a trial. They traveled to Valdebebas in Madrid but the expedition happened to coincide with a “frightful snowstorm” that made it hard to see the qualities of the youngster, according to his dad. That seemed to ruin any chance of Pedri joining Madrid’s academy, leading the father to joke that it was the grandfather who sent the snowstorm.

Now that the youngster is set to join Barcelona, his father says it’s a dream come true for the whole family.