Barcelona midfielder Pedri has received the 2021 European Golden Boy award, beating Borussia Dortmund and England’s Jude Bellingham into second place.
The 18-year-old claimed the prize, which is offered yearly by Italian publication Tuttosport to a European-based participant aged 21 or below.
Bellingham’s inclusion as a part of the England squad that made the ultimate of Euro 2020, in addition to his robust performances within the Bundesliga, weren’t sufficient to see him win high spot within the vote.
Pedri secured 24 of the 40 first-place votes and 318 whole factors, with Bellingham ending on 119 factors, following a vote by a panel of soccer journalists.
He joins different former high-profile winners of the award, resembling Wayne Rooney (2004), Lionel Messi (2005), Sergio Aguero (2007), Paul Pogba (2013), Raheem Sterling (2014) and Kylian Mbappe (2018).
The accolade caps a whirlwind 12 months for Pedri, who joined Barcelona from Las Palmas in 2020, earlier than occurring to be named within the Euro 2020 staff of the event after which win a silver medal with Spain on the Tokyo Olympics.
Final month, the midfielder agreed a new long-term contract extension on the Nou Camp, together with his new deal operating till the summer season of 2026.