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Monday 29 November 2021
The Spanish player Pedri of Barcelona was crowned with the Cuban award for the best young player in the world for the year 2021, during the Ballon d’Or ceremony organized by “France Football” magazine today, Monday.
Pedri surpassed many young talents, led by German Jamal Musiyala of Bayern Munich, his compatriot Florian Verts of Bayer Leverkusen and the Borussia Dortmund duo consisting of English Judd Bellingham and American Gio Reina, along with Portuguese Nuno Mendes of Paris Saint-Germain, Englishman Mason Greenwood of Manchester United and England’s Bukayo Saka player Arsenal, Belgian Jeremy Duques of Rennes and Dutchman Ryan Gravenbirch of Ajax Amsterdam.
For his part, the Polish Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich’s top scorer, was crowned the striker of the year in 2021 during the ceremony.
And Lewandowski succeeded last season in breaking the legend Gerd Muller’s record in terms of the number of goals for a player in the Bundesliga during one season, as the Polish star scored 41 goals in the league during the season.
Lewandowski is currently the top scorer in the Bundesliga this season, with 14 goals, and shares with Ajax Amsterdam striker Sebastian Heller the list of top scorers in the Champions League this season with nine goals each.
Spain’s Alexia Tellas won the Ballon d’Or for the best female player in the world in 2021.
And Telas had an exceptional season with her team, Barcelona, and contributed to crowning it with the Spanish League titles, the Spanish Cup and the European Champions League.
The 27-year-old captain of Barcelona scored 37 goals and assisted 27 assists during the 2020/2021 season.
Butellas became the third player to win the award after Ada Hegerberg in 2018 and Megan Rapinoe in 2019, while the award ceremony was canceled in 2020 due to the Corona pandemic.
The Italian Gianluigi Donnarumma, the Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper, won the Yashin Award for the best goalkeeper in the world in 2021.
Donnarumma won the Euro 2020 title with the Italian national team, in addition to winning the award for the best player in the tournament.
Donnarumma has surpassed many goalkeepers around the world, including the Brazilian Ederson Morais (Manchester City), the Danish Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City), the Senegalese Edward Mendy (Chelsea), the Belgian Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid), the Costa Rican Keylor Navas (Paris Saint-Germain) and the Argentine Emiliano Martinez ( Aston Villa), German Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Slovenian Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid), and Slovenian Samir Handanovic (Inter Milan).
Chelsea FC was crowned the best club in the world for the 2020/2021 season after winning the Champions League for the second time in its history after defeating Manchester City in the final.
Chelsea also won the European Super Cup by defeating Spanish club Villarreal on penalties.
Chelsea is currently leading the English Premier League table, one point behind Manchester City and two points behind Liverpool.