Pedri won the 2021 Golden Boy Award.
The Barcelona midfielder has shone for his club and his country, Spain, over the past year. The 18-year-old made his debut in Barcelona’s first team last season, but came out on top in that calendar year.
In May, he had made 50 first-team appearances for Barcelona, a figure that now stands at 56. He has also been selected 10 times by Spain and was part of Luis Enrique’s squad for Euro 2020 Pedri also represented his nation at the Olympics. , reaching the final where Spain lost to Brazil.
italian exit Tuttosport on Monday named Pedri Golden Boy 2021, director Xavier Jacobelli commenting: “I am happy to report that Barcelona midfielder and Spanish national Pedri has won the nineteenth edition of our international trophy which elects the best under 21 years in the world registered for a European first division club.
“It’s a deserved triumph. The Canarian boy, who succeeds Norwegian Erling Haaland, beat the competition by far.
“Of the forty journalists who voted, representing the most illustrious newspapers on our continent, 24 placed it in the first place of their preferences, nine others in second position and three in third.”
Pedri finished 199 points ahead of second-placed England international Jude Bellingham, the biggest gap between first and second in award history.
Pedri himself added: “Thank you Tuttosport for this trophy, of which I am proud. Thank you also to all the members of the jury and the fans who have always supported me in this year 2021 which is simply incredible for me.
“And of course, thank you very much to Barca, the national team, my family, my friends and of course everyone who has been close to me day in and day out. Without them I could not have won the Golden Boy Award. “