Pedri, 18, made his hole last season at FC Barcelona, playing 52 matches and scoring 4 goals and 4 assists. Performances which allowed him to become Spanish international and indisputable holder with La Roja at the Euro. In the process, he also played in the Olympic Games with the Spanish hopes. Pedri will have played a total of 73 matches over the 2020-2021 season.
With 318 points, the Spaniard won with 199 points ahead of the Englishman Jude Bellingham (Dortmund). This is the largest gap between the first two in the history of the Golden Boy Award. Pedri succeeds Norwegian Erling Haaland on the list.
Among the last twenty nominees, Charles De Ketelaere finished second in the ‘Web Golden Boy’, the ranking of the player who received the most votes from fans. The Club Brugge player was beaten by the German Karim-David Adeyemi (Salzburg). Jérémy Doku (Rennes) appeared in the first list of 40 names.
The Golden Boy Award has been awarded since 2003. An international jury of football journalists chooses the winner. On the list, we find players such as Rafael van der Vaart (2003), Wayne Rooney (2004), Lionel Messi (2005), Cesc Fabregas (2006), Sergio Aguëro (2007), Mario Balotelli (2010), Paul Pogba ( 2013), Raheem Sterling (2014) or Kylian Mbappé (2017).
If no Belgian has ever won the Golden Boy Award, Eden Hazard (third in 2011), Thibaut Courtois (third in 2012), Romelu Lukaku (second in 2013) and Divock Origi (second in 2014) climbed on the podium.