The Spaniard from Barcelona Pedri is among the 30 candidates to win the 2021 Ballon d’Or, while competing for the Kopa trophy, which designates the best under-21, according to the magazine revealed this Friday. France Football.
In third batch of candidates there is also the Argentine from Paris Saint-Germain Lionel Messi, who has won it six times, including the last one in 2019, since in 2020 it was not delivered due to the pandemic. The former Barcelona player won the last Copa América.
Pedri, 18 years old, was chosen as the best youngster of the last European Championship.
This new roster of five is completed by the Italian Chiellini, European champion of nations, the Croat of Real Madrid Luka modric, who won it in 2018, and the Portuguese from Manchester United Bruno Fernandes.
The Brazilian of Paris Saint-Germain Neymar and the Argentine from Inter Milan Lautaro Martinez They are also among the 30 candidates for the Ballon d’Or.
The Brazilian, a finalist in the last Copa América, has been third in the award twice, surpassed in 2015 by his now teammate Lionel Messi and in 2017 by the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo.
Lautaro, 24, presents as his credentials his victory in the Copa América with Argentina and in the Italian league with Inter.
Joining them in this round of five are two Manchester City players, the Belgian Kevin de Bruyne and portuguese Ruben Dias, champions of England and finalists of the Champions League, and the Danish of Milan Simon Kjaer, semifinalist of the last European Championship.
Karim Benzema is part of the second round of five candidates, along with England’s Harry Kane, from Tottenham, and Raheem Sterling, from Chelsea, both finalists of the Eurocup and the second winner of the Champions League.
The name of the Italian goal of Paris Saint-Germain was also unveiled. Gianluiggi Donnarumma, European champion with Italy and best player in the competition, who is among the candidates for the Yashin trophy, which designates the best goalkeeper of the year.
His compatriot Niloco Barella, European champion of nations and of the Italian league with Juventus, completes the list of five new candidates.
Norwegian Erling haaland (Borussia Dortmund), the French Ngolo Kanté (Chelsea), the Italian Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus of Turin), the English Mason Mount (Chelsea) and the Algerian Riyad mahrez (Manchester City) were the first five Ballon d’Or candidates unveiled.