Tokyo 2020: Pedri overtakes Bruno Fernandes - Top 10 players with most matches in the 2020-21 season in Europe

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Barcelona midfielder and Spanish international Pedri has broken Manchester United and Portugal star Bruno Fernandes' record of playing the most number of matches in the 2020-21 season in Europe as Spain go down 1-2 against Brazil in the Olympic men's football final at Tokyo 2020 on Saturday.

Pedri, who turned 18 in November 2020, appeared in every single match at the Olympics in Tokyo. With his appearance in the final against Brazil, Pedri surpassed Fernandes' record of playing the most matches (72) in this season. 

Pedri has played a total of 52 matches for Barcelona in the La Liga, Copa Del Rey, Spanish Super Cup and the Champions League in the 2020/21 season while for Spain he played 21 matches which include international friendlies, Euro 2020 qualification, Euro 2020 finals and the Olympics 2020.

Bruno Fernandes appeared in 58 matches for Manchester United in Premier League, FA Cup, EFL Cup, Champions League and the Europa League last season. He has represented Portugal in 14 matches across international friendlies, Euro 2020 qualification and Euro 2020.

While Spaniard appeared in more matches, the Portuguese star has more minutes under his belt (5509) as compared to the Spaniard who has played 4996 minutes.

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Here, we take a look at the top 10 players with the most appearances for club and country in the 2020/21 season.

Which players have played the most number of matches in the 2020/21 season?

Position Player Matches for club Matches for country Total matches Total minutes
1 Pedri (Barcelona/Spain) 52 21 73 4996
2 Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United/Portugal) 58 14 72 5509
3 Mason Mount (Chelsea/England) 54 15 69 5301
4 Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool/Netherlands) 51 17 68 5260
5 Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona/France) 51 17 68 5201
6 Ruben Dias (Manchester City/Portugal) 53 15 68 5878
7 Frenkie De Jong (Barcelona/Netherlands) 51 16 67 5793
8 Pierre-Emile Höjbjerg (Tottenham Hotspur/Denmark) 53 14 67 5486
9 Rodri (Manchester City/Spain) 53 14 67 4619
10 Dani Olmo (RB Leipzig/Spain) 46 20 56 4571

*Stats courtesy: Transfermarkt

*Players who play top division football are considered in this list