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 events for both the international and Argentine 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.
ARGENTINA RANKED TO THE WORLDWIDE WITH Slack
It was an unforgettable year for the national team. And not only because of the historic conquest in Brazil, but also because of the qualification to the Qatar World Cup 2022 four dates before the end of the Qualifiers. Argetina is unbeaten after 13 games and secured her passage comfortably, something that will be valued over time and, above all, when a World Cup path turns out to be difficult in the future.
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.
ENZO PÉREZ ARQUERO
Probably, it will go down in history as one of the iconic images not only of 2021, but of this entire pandemic era in world football. On May 19, Enzo Pérez was the goalkeeper of a River that only brought together 11 players to receive Santa Fe for CONMEBOL Libertadores due to an outbreak of covid-19. His team defended him bravely and took a victory that was celebrated as a title.
COLÓN CHAMPION FOR THE FIRST TIME
The date will be unforgettable for the fans of Colón de Santa Fe: on June 4, 2021, the Santa Fe team became champions of the League Cup after beating Racing Club 3-0 in the final. It was the crowning of a Impressive campaign, in which he surpassed his most exalted rivals and gave an Olympic lap that was as celebrated as it was unexpected. With Pulga Rodríguez as his emblem, Colón celebrated the title and qualified for CONMEBOL Libertadores.
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.
RIVER AND BOCA, CHAMPIONS
The discussion is long and it does not make sense to transfer it to these lines. What was more valuable, the League won by River or the Cup that Boca took? The truth is that both closed the year with the two most important titles in Argentine football. Marcelo Gallardo’s team crowned an excellent campaign, with high-flying football, and won their first league title since his arrival in 2014. Meanwhile, the Battaglia team forgot their problems and lifted the Cup to calmly qualify for the Libertadores .