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The Three Players Lionel Messi Voted For In The Kopa Trophy, Includes England International

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The Three Players Lionel Messi Voted For In The Kopa Trophy, Includes England International

Pedri owes a lot to Lionel Messi, not only has he helped his development but also gave him three votes for the Kopa Trophy.

The Barcelona starlet, 19, won the Kopa Trophy at the 2021 Ballon d'Or ceremony.

He thanked Messi during his victory speech, highlighting their time on and off the pitch.

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It has now been revealed that the former Barca captain awarded the budding midfielder with three of his votes.

The seven-time Ballon d'Or winner also voted for Nuno Mendes, who is on loan at Paris Saint-Germain, and Borussia Dortmund ace Jude Bellingham, according to Diario Sport.

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The Portuguese left-back received two votes while the England international got one vote from Messi.

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Bellingham finished runner-up to Pedri, with Mendes finishing in fourth place.

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Jamal Musiala, Mason Greenwood, Bukayo Saka, Florian Wirtz, Ryan Gravenberch, Jeremy Doku and Giovanni Reyna made up the top ten.

Speaking after winning the Kopa Trophy, Pedri singled out Messi and talked up Bellingham and Musiala.

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"Messi has helped me a lot, both on and off the pitch. I appreciate everything I've learned from him." said the Spain international.

"Winning these awards is a source of pride and makes you want to keep working to do better.

"The key to adapting myself so quickly at Barça has been the captains with their help.

"I have also been a huge fan my entire life. I am looking forward to entering the pitch with Xavi as the coach, who has very clear ideas.

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"There are talented young players in the squad. Barça are doing things well."

Pedri added: "I hope I can win the Ballon d'Or one day. But I know that it is very far away and that I have to work a lot so that one day I can get there.

"I'm glad to see players like Nico or Gavi. They are there because they deserve it.

There are young players who are smashing it worldwide like Bellingham or Musiala. I love seeing players like that. I wish them the best."

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Topics: Pedri, Football, Lionel Messi

Nasir Jabbar
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