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Haaland: Flamengo's Pedro scoring at twice Dortmund striker's rate

The former Real Madrid target will have eyebrows raised in Europe after scoring three times in just 49 minutes since his loan arrival from Fiorentina.

QUITO, ECUADOR - FEBRUARY 19: Pedro of Flamengo celebrates after scoring the second goal of his team during the first leg between Independiente del Valle and Flamengo as part of Recopa Sudamericana 2020 at Estadio Olimpico Atahualpa on February 19, 2020 i
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Flamengo striker Pedro has got off to a flying start at the Brazilian club after his January move from Fiorentina and will soon be back on the radar of European sides if he continues scoring at his current rate of a goal every 16.3 minutes. Real Madrid were interested in the 22-year-old in 2018 and met the release clause for the then-Fluminense forward but a serious injury put the stoppers on the deal.

Pedro later moved to Fiorentina in September 2019 for a fee of €11 million after recovering from surgery on a cruciate ligament injury but struggled to nail down a place in the starting XI, making just four appearances before being loaned to his boyhood club Flamengo in January.

Pedro scoring faster than Haaland

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Since his arrival at the Maracanã, the Brazil under-23 international has hit the ground running, netting three goals from the bench in just 49 minutes of pitch time. By comparison, Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland, who has been busy smashing records since his arrival in Germany, has found the net every 39.9 minutes for his new club. 

Pedro’s latest came in the Recopa Sudamericana against Independiente del Valle, a game in which Flamengo striker Bruno Henrique was forced off with injury, opening up the path for the new arrival to accompany Gabigol in attack over the next few weeks, where he will doubtless be under the watchful of the vast network of European club scouts operating in Brazil.


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