Wednesday, January 19

Ballon d’Or 2021: Barcelona star Pedri wins Kopa Trophy as best U-21 player

Barcelona midfielder Pedri has been named the winner of the Kopa Trophy as best U-21 player at the ongoing Ballon d’Or award ceremony.

He defeated nine other nominees to win the award.

Other nominees were Mason Greenwood (Manchester United/England); Bukayo Saka (Arsenal/England);
Jeremy Doku (Rennes/Belgium); Ryan Gravenberch (Ajax/Netherlands); Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich/Germany); Florian Wirtz (Bayer Leverkusen/Germany); Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund/England); Giovanni Reyna (Borussia Dortmund/USA); and Nuno Mendes (Paris Saint-Germain/Portugal).

Pedri joined Barca as a 17-year-old from Las Palmas in the summer of 2020 but quickly established himself as a key fixture in the Catalan club’s midfield.

He made 52 appearances in his first season at Camp Nou, winning the Copa del Rey, and playing a major role in Spain’s run to the semifinals at Euro 2020, where he was named Young Player of the Tournament. He made his international debut in March.

A month after the Euros, he was also part of the Spain under-23 team that reached the final of the Olympic Games, losing to Brazil after extra time.

Injuries have delayed progress this season. He has made just four appearances for Barca thanks to a thigh problem and is expected to remain sidelined for the next few weeks.

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