We are not overly reliant on Messi, says Pedro

The Spanish international claims the club does not have to rely purely on the Argentine, but he praised the attacker's incredible goal-scoring feats.

Barcelona striker Pedro Rodriguez has claimed that his club is not overly reliant on star Lionel Messi.

The diminutive attacker has now scored 48 goals in 36 games across all competitions this season, and more than 300 goals in his Barcelona career, but Pedro believes the Catalan giant is more than just a one-man team.

“He always takes the team on his back and if he is not on form then it is noticeable, but the team is very strong and I do not believe that we are Messi-dependent," Pedro told reporters ahead of Barcelona's UEFA Champions League clash with AC Milan this week.

The Argentine scored in his 14th consecutive game against Granada on Sunday, and Pedro was quick to highlight his teammate’s incredible goal-scoring record.

“Messi is a player with great ambition. These figures are unimaginable. He is getting lots of goals and I hope he continues with this ambition and desire," Pedro said. "He is a decisive player, the best in the world. It may be that the best is yet to come from Messi. He has exceeded again in getting a new record number of goals.”

Pedro himself will be looking to add to his tally of five goals this season when the Blaugrana travel to the San Siro to face Milan in the first leg of their round of 16 clash.

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