EThis 2021 has laid off some of the biggest names in sport since the 21st century entered our lives. We talk about people who had global successes when there is neither Facebook nor WhatsApp, athletes with tradition who have marked several generations and who to this day they take a deserved tribute after winning at will for years and years. We refer to Rossi, Gasol, Agero, etc.
On the other hand, We can say that the future of Spanish sport experienced moments of doubt throughout the current year. Fortunately, most of them around the new generation were settled after some Olympic Games that saw three of our protagonists hang a medal. We bring together some of those who have given the most talk this past year, for many, at last.
Those who leave
‘The Doctor’ has been the most iconic racetrack racer in the last quarter century. Champion in the Motorcycle World Championship nine times, winner of 115 races, author of 65 poles and countless historical moments for the motor world, Rossi has hung up his gloves at age 42 after a career in which he earned the respect of the whole world revolutionizing racing on and off the track. The current popularity of MotoGP will not be understood without a figure who revolutionized everything to the point of being the godfather of half the paddock.
The best basketball player in the history of Spain He leaves with an enviable palmars and the recognition of seeing his number ’16’ retired in one of the meccas of basketball such as the Lakers. Winner of two NBA titles, one Basketball World Cup and three EuroBasketHis only thorn in the game has been not being able to win anything more than two Olympic silver and a bronze, always running into the United States stone on the road. Pau’s legacy transcends beyond within the fields having become a social benchmark.
In 2007, he became the Formula Champion of the year rememberor like that of the internal confrontation between Alonso and Hamilton. ‘Ice-man’ has been one of the most talented drivers in the world as corroborated by his 21 victories, 103 podiums and 18 pole positions in Formula 1. The Finn leaves to the unanimous applause of the paddock for a race that has seen him compete in tat with the greatest, including a Michael Schumacher who at the time designated him as his natural successor. The parties and the bad life may have taken away that label, but no one doubts his talent.
The Argentine footballer had to to say goodbye prematurely to his 33 years. The player leaves with the consolation that his last goal as a professional it was against Real Madrid. An arrhythmia, however, ended the career of a striker who exploded in the Atltico, what was legend in Manchester City and that is withdrawn as which one. Agero leaves with a total of 385 goals with the clubs and 42 with an Argentine team with which he won the last Copa America held in 2021.
This German cyclist has retired after achieving 158 stage victories throughout the race. Old school sprinter, powerful as few and known as ‘The Gorilla’, Greipel dominated the squad for a decade and a half with his power being winner of 11 stages in the Tour de France between 2011 and 2016, winner of seven stages in the Giro d’Italia and four in the Vuelta a Espaa. German, the latest product of the German Soviet school, marks the end of an era and a way of understanding cycling.
Those who come
The current ‘Golden Boy’ and winner of all possible awards for best young soccer player of the year was a breath of fresh air for Spanish soccer. After a long time looking for heirs for Xavi and Iniesta, the canary He has won that poster in his own right after having an impressive year at Barcelona with just 18 springs crowned with an Olympic silver medal. Pedri may be the boy who can lead Spain back to a winning cycle as a national team like the one we lived a decade ago.
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There is something about this boy that inevitably leads us to compare him to Rafa Nadal. At just 18 years old, he has achieved things that the best athlete in the history of Spain could not achieve at his age. In this 2021, I won the ATP Next Gen tournament being the best player on the planet with less than 21 years. It also reached the US Open quarterfinals shoving the audience into his pocket with his determination and won the ATP 250 tournament in Umag rising in the ranking to position 32 gaining 109 positions.
His explosion has had to wait until he was 24 years old, but often outburst. The New Yorker who has been living in Barcelona since she was a child has exploded the WTA rankings to number 8. Along the way, he has won the prestigious Indian Wells tournament, as well as reaching the quarterfinals at Roland Garros and the Olympic Games.. In Tokyo, a heat stroke, prevented him from achieving a medal that the Spanish expedition took for granted after showing herself as the strongest in the tournament so far.
The ‘Spiderman’ cacereo He surprised the world of sports by winning the gold medal in the climbing discipline in his premiere at the Olympic Games. The Spanish surprised everyone with an achievement that has made him a benchmark for minority sports being the standard bearer of a movement to make them grow. Through his account on social networks, Gins has awakened a fever by climbing to the point that multiple rockdromes will be created in Spain in 2022 thanks to your achievements.
Another late blast like Badosa’s, but it was also worth it. The Galician won the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics, breaking Spain’s record on two occasions. Peleteiro, at 26, threw down all the barriers known to her so far to fly towards a medal that thrilled Spanish athletics. Her spontaneity and closeness on social networks have made her a benchmark for young generations, who want to see her with gold in Paris 2024.