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Barcelona’s Pedri wins 2021 Golden Boy Award

Barcelona midfielder Pedri has won the 2021 Golden Boy award after his stellar breakout year for club and country.

The 18-year-old missed just one La Liga game for Barça last season, registering three goals and three assists, and featuring prominently in the Champions League.

Pedri also played every game for Spain at Euro 2020 en route to the semi-finals, before going on to feature at the Olympics for his country too – where they lost the gold medal match to Brazil.

“I am pleased to report that the Barcelona midfielder and Spanish National Pedri has won the 19th edition of our international trophy which elects the best Under 21 in the world registered for a European club of the top division,” Tuttosport’s Xavier Jacobelli said.

“A deserved triumph. The boy from the Canaries, who succeeds the Norwegian [Erling] Haaland, has beaten the competition by a landslide. Of the 40 journalists who vote representing the most illustrious newspapers of our continent, 24 placed him in first place of their preferences, another nine in second position and three in third.”

Pedri beat off competition from second-place Jude Bellingham to secure the prize, with the gap in votes between first and second the largest in Golden Boy history.

Reacting to his recognition, Pedri said: “I thank Tuttosport for this trophy which makes me proud. Thanks also to all the members of the jury and the fans who have always supported me in this simply incredible 2021 for me.

“And of course, many thanks to Barça, the national team, my family, my friends and obviously to all those who have been close to me day after day without whom I would not have been able to win the Golden Boy.”

Pedri has been hampered by injuries this season but new Barca boss, Xavi Hernandez, hopes to have him back soon.

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