We are not overly reliant on Messi, says Pedro

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

Barcelona striker Pedro Rodriguez has claimed that his club do not rely on Lionel Messi, ahead of their UEFA Champions League clash with AC Milan.

The diminutive attacker has now scored 37 goals in 24 Liga games this season, and over 300 goals in his Barcelona career, but Pedro believes the Catalan giants are more than just a one-man team.

The 25-year-old told reporters: “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-dependant.”

The Argentine scored in his 14th consecutive game against Granada on Sunday, and Pedro was quick to highlight his team-mate’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.

“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 San Siro.