Moleiro is already a reality in the UD … in the purest Pedri style

She is 17 years old and it has already been officially presented in society. Alberto Moleiro is already a reality. The UD Las Palmas player is experiencing a carousel of sensations inappropriate for a boy his age. His progress is remarkable. In a year he has gone from the Junior Division of Honor to carving out a niche in the first team, almost without stepping on the subsidiary steps. He has already played four official matches -two of them as a starter- and is a fixture in the U19. His goal against Ibiza meant the draw for Las Palmas, but also the emergence of, only time will tell, a future national soccer star. The greats of LaLiga have already set their eyes on him.

Preparing the next ‘Pedri case’

Moleiro and Ale García, teammates in the UD and in the Spanish U19 team
Moleiro and Ale García, teammates in the UD and in the Spanish U19 team

The history of Moleiro, obviously, is familiar in Gran Canaria. Many already see in him the ‘new Pedri’. And it is that Alberto has many things in common with the Barça footballer. He arrived at UD, like Pedri, from a chicharrero team and without wearing the CD Tenerife shirt: “Tenerife only became interested in him, when they found out that he was going to sign with UD Las Palmas”, explains Manolo Jara, president of CD Sobradillo, a team that saw him grow. A precocious boy who, it must also be said, has had the support of a coach who looks a lot towards the quarry.

He is a footballer with many virtues, he will be a great player

Pepe Mel, UD coach

Pepe Mel it is clear to him: “I am the one who has raised Moleiro to the first team and the one who puts him on. I am very satisfied that you mark. He is a footballer with many virtues, he is going to be a great player. ”

Moleiro celebrates the goal against Ibiza on Saturday with which he rescued a point for UD
Moleiro celebrates the goal against Ibiza on Saturday with which he rescued a point for UDGerardo Ojeda

But the truth is that Pedri is not Moleiro, nor is Moleiro Pedri. His environment understands that this comparison would only serve to add extra pressure to the boy: “You do not have to compare him with Pedri, they are different”, Jara admits. But when defining Moleiro, the ‘president’ is clear about one thing: “He has more goal.” It would be a cliché to say that Moleiro was going to star from the age of six. But Jara does not want to wear medals that are not his: “It began to attract our attention in cadets, in a championship with the Canarian team,” he recalls with nostalgia.

I did not believe my goal, in the celebration I did not know what had happened

Moleiro, after the match against Ibiza

“I don’t know if he’s from Real Madrid, Barça or Atlético. The only thing I know is that since he was little he was from UD Las Palmas.” The reason is clear. Moleiro, born in Tenerife, had to move to Gran Canaria with his family. His celebration after Saturday’s goal makes that sentiment clear: “I didn’t believe my goal. During the celebration, I didn’t know what had happened,” the player himself admitted after Saturday’s game at Gran Canaria.

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