After the European Championship with the victory of Italy in the penalty shoot-out over England, it is also time for individual recognition. UEFA appointed Donnarumma, Milan goalkeeper who is about to sign for Paris SG, as the best footballer of the tournament and chose Pedri as the best young man.
The Barça midfielder’s career now takes on a new dimension after completing a prodigious year. Last August, he landed at the Camp Nou to be watched closely by Koeman, without having, much less, guaranteed his continuity in the first team.
🗣️ Luis Enrique: “What Pedri has done in this tournament, at 18, nobody has done it. Not even Andrés Iniesta did it; it’s incredible, unique.”
– UEFA EURO 2020 (@ EURO2020) July 11, 2021
Within a week of working with Pedri, Koeman he recruited him permanently, already installed among those chosen for his first project, giving it continuity and minutes until he became one of the basic axes of his Barça.
The same has happened with Luis Enrique and the Spanish team, where he has completed an excellent Eurocup forming the center of the field with Busquets and Koke. Pedri has been chosen by UEFA’s team of technical observers.
He has played every game, except for one minute when the Asturian coach took him off against Croatia. With 76.1km traveled, he has been the third player in the Eurocup who has made the most wear and tear, only surpassed by the Italian Jorginho (86.6) and the English Phillip (83), both, yes, with one more match than the Canarian.
“What Pedri has done in this tournament, at the age of 18, no one has done, not even Andrés Iniesta. It is incredible, unique”
Luis Enrique, Spanish coach
The success rate of Pedri in the pass it is 92.3%, which reveals his extraordinary reliability with the ball. “What Pedri has done in this tournament, at 18 years old, no one has done, not even Andrés Iniesta, is incredible, unique,” Luis Enrique had assured, shortly after Spain was eliminated in the penalty shoot-out against Italy, which ended up being the European champion also by this same route.
Cristiano Ronaldo, with five goals and an assist in 360 minutes, he has become the top scorer of the championship, beating the Czech Patrik schick (5 goals, 0 assist, 404 minutes) and the French Karim Benzema (4 goals, 0 assists, 349 minutes)
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.