The ten great sporting events of the year 2021

2021 comes to an end And, although it was far from being as complicated for world sport as 2020, normality could not be restored in the midst of the covid 19 pandemic, with the return of major competitions, such as the America’s Cup, the Euro and the Olympic Games , Yes He left several very important facts for both the international and the Chilean arena.

MESSI CHAMPION WITH THE ARGENTINE T-SHIRT

Finally, one of the most anticipated events of the century happened. After several unsuccessful attempts, Lionel Messi finally won his first international title with the National Team. 16 years have passed since his debut and three lost finals until the consecration in the Copa América this year, no less than in Maracana and against Brazil. At 34, the Argentine star, one of the best players of all time, can rest easy and see his entire showcase. At least until the World Cup arrives and the demand reappears.

ITALY TO REIGN EUROPE AGAIN

The sad memory of a painful and unexpected elimination in the last Qualifiers for Russia 2018 was still very fresh when Gianluigi Donnarumma saved the last penalty against Buyako Saka and gave the Euro title to Italy in the middle of Wembley and against England. From hell to heaven in less than four years. The Azzurra was undoubtedly the best in the championship and took the trophy for the first time since 1964. Although teams such as Germany, Belgium, Spain and England itself had all played as favorites, Mancini’s team had emotional, football and collective responses to give the great coup in the cathedral.

VERSTAPPEN CHAMPION IN A HISTORICAL SEASON

The most emotional year in memory came to a fitting end, with Dutch Jan Verstappen snatching the title from Lewis Hamilton in the final seconds, who failed to claim his eighth crown to break Michael Schumacher’s record. The Briton led the last race until, with five laps to go, the accident of Canadian Nicholas Latif caused the safety car to enter the track. The race was relaunched in the absence of a turn; and Verstappen, with a fresher tire that he had taken advantage of to put with the entrance of the ‘safety car’, overtook the seven times world champion and secured his first title.

U CATHOLIC THIRD CHAMPION

It was a historic event for Chilean soccer. For the first time, a team achieved four national titles in a row. The box of the strip showed great authority in the final part of the tournament and was consecrated after beating Everton on the last date. Since Cristian Paulucci took over the team, he found a consistency that allowed him to recover the points lost in the first half and reach the championship.

MESSI LEAVES BARCELONA

The transfer the world never expected happened this year. The greatest idol in the history of Barcelona, ​​the man who forever changed the Catalan team, said goodbye with tears and went to Paris Saint-Germain, where he was greeted by a luxurious squad that still could not find its best football version. Beyond that, that week in which the pass was made possible will remain in the memory as one of the most outstanding events of 2021.

LA ROJA RECOVERES ITS WORLDWIDE POSSIBILITIES

It was not an easy year for the Chilean National Team. With great activity for the Copa América and the Playoffs, the national team went through various moments throughout 2021. Without a doubt, the best was in November, when they defeated Paraguay in Asunción and returned to the qualifying zone when no one expected. . Then, the loss at home against Ecuador put him back in sixth place, but only one unit from the places that give the passage to Qatar 2022.

BEN BRERETON, APPEARANCE OF THE YEAR

The Chilean National Team suffered a lot from the lack of a goal in the Qualifiers. All the offensive weight fell on Alexis Sánchez until the irruption of an unknown English scorer who did not take long to adapt to the Red. Ben Brereton was one of the team’s best players of the year, both in the Copa América and in the Qualifiers. After making his debut on the right foot in the Cup, he established himself as a starter and scored against Paraguay and Venezuela, giving Chile key points to get back into the fight for the World Cup in Qatar.

LAMONT MARCEL JACOBS, THE SURPRISE OF TOKYO 2020

He was not one of the candidates to win the 100 meter sprint event, but the Italian took the hit and won the most coveted gold medal. At 26, Jacobs ran faster than everyone and became the first Italian to win Gold in this event, as well as being the first to be on a podium in this discipline. With his brand, which is a European record, he became among the fastest in history and took the baton from Usain Bolt, the previous winner of the test.

SIMONE BILES and NAOMI OSAKA, PIONEERS IN CALLING ATTENTION ON MENTAL HEALTH

In this case, these two great athletes did not make the news for their achievements, but for awakening social conscience. Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka said she needed to be absent from Roland Garros press conferences for her well-being and mental health. The WTA then fined her and threatened her with further penalties if it happened again. Osaka felt the treatment of her illness was unfair – she confessed to having suffered from depression since 2018 – and dropped out of the Grand Slam. For his part, Biles arrived in Tokyo 2020 as the benchmark of American gymnastics, however, he retired after suffering the dreaded ‘twisties’, when the connection between body and mind is lost. He would later say that his anxiety was due to the Nassar case, due to the consequences of the abuse he suffered at the hands of former USA Gymnastics doctor, Larry Nassar.

ELAINE THOMPSON-HERAH, OLYMPIC STAR

Jamaica filled the podium in the women’s 100m, but all the praise went to Thompson for a difficult mark to break at 10.61 seconds. She was also the mainstay of the Jamaican team in the women’s 4x100m and even won another gold metal in the 200m. He was one of the big stars of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.