2020/2021 (his debut) was the hardest season for 18-year-old Pedri. After a hard - maybe more psychologically than physically due to all the problems that shook the club - Barcelona's pursuit of Atletico Madrid, he also participated in three national team competitions.
He represented Spain at the European Championship for seniors, for young players, as well as at the Olympic Games. And not only as a member of the team but also as one of the most important players in his team, which is why Barcelona tied him to an astronomical release clause during the recent contract extension.
It reads an incredible billion euros (1,000,000,000)! The quality of the guy from Tenerife is further confirmed by the awards he received at his most important tournament so far - the European Senior Championship. Young Pedri, although a debutant, was chosen in the ideal lineup and was named the best young player of the tournament.
He didn't stop there. New praise came from Italy. And from a jury whose word is important. In the traditional selection of Italian Tutosport, Pedri was named the best football player in Europe under 21 for 2021. Among those who voted were former football players Andriy Shevchenko, Lothar Matthaus, Hristo Stoichkov, Emilio Butragueno, Pavel Nedved, Stéphane Chapuisat, Luka Toni, Samuel Eto'o, Alessandro Costacurta, Edwin van der Sar, Juan Sebastian Veron, and Rui Costa.
Indeed, a very prestigious jury. They, along with other football workers who voted, awarded the young Spaniard 318 points, which is convincingly more than the second-placed Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund, who received 119 votes.
Among the candidates were Karim Adeyemi from Salzburg, Eduardo Camavinga from Real Madrid, Mason Greenwood from Manchester United, Bayern's Jamal Musial, Ajax's Ryan Gravenberch ..., as well as Pedri's teammate Gavi, who also shone in the finish last season.
Ex award winners
The wider list of 100 names also included some amazing names Pedri is the 19th winner of the Golden Boy award, and here is who all received that award before him: 2003 Rafael Van der Vart (Ajax) 2004 Wayne Rooney (Everton / Manchester United) 2005 Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 2006 Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal) 2007 Sergio Aguero (Atletico Madrid) 2008 Anderson (Manchester United) 2009.
Alexander Pato (Milan) 2010 Mario Balotelli (Inter / Manchester City) 2011 Mario Gotze (Borussia Dortmund) 2012 Isco(Malaga) 2013 Paul Pogba (Juventus) 2014 Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) 2015 Anthony Martial (Monaco / Manchester United) 2016 Renato Sanches (Benfica / Bayern) 2017 Kylian Mbappe(Monaco / Paris Saint-Germain) 2018 Matijs De Ligt(Ajax) 2019 Joao Felix (Benfica / Atletico Madrid) 2020 Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund) 2021. Pedri (Barcelona)