Italian newspaper Tuttosport hand out the prestigious prize to the best player aged 21 or under from Europe’s top-tier leagues every year, with Pedri picking up the mantle from 2020 winner Erling Haaland.
The Spanish midfielder has been remarkable for his club and his country, Spain, over the last year. The 18-year-old broke into the first team at Barcelona last season but has established himself over this calendar year having made 52 appearances in all competitions and play a key role in their run to Copa del Rey glory.
Pedri, who turns 19 this week, told Tuttosport in a video message: “I thank Tuttosport for this trophy which makes me proud. Thanks also to all the members of the jury and the fans who have always supported me in this simply incredible 2021 for me.
“Of course, many thanks to Barca, the national team, my family, my friends and obviously to all those who have been close to me day after day without whom I would not have been able to win the Golden Boy.”