The kings of sport in 2021

In this ending of 2021, it’s time to review the best moments of the year. In sports, it has been a hectic year, in which a multitude of events of great global relevance have been held. More than exciting world championships, combined with a Eurocup, a America’s Cup and ones Tokyo Olympics which were held a year later than planned. Many have been the athletes who have achieved glory throughout these 12 months and in OKDIARIO we review the best of the year that is ending.

One of the great dominators of the year has been Novak Djokovic. The Serbian has vindicated himself – if he still needed it – to reach the level of Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal. He won Open de Australia, Roland Garros Y Wimbledon and threatened to complete the Golden Slam, but it ended up being impossible. The Games eluded him in the semifinals and he ended up without a medal – falling for the bronze to Carreño – while he lost the US Open in the final to Medvedev. Even so, he reaches the other two kings of the courts as a player with the greatest to his credit, with 20.

Another that has shone has been Alexander Zverev. German is maestro Y Olympic champion, eliminating the Serbian in the semifinals of both tournaments and beating Medvedev and Khachanov in the finals, respectively. In addition, two Grand Slam semifinals, to close what has been the year of his definitive confirmation, which has raised him to number three in the world ranking.

2021 was also the year of the return of Garbiñe Muguruza. Our tennis player has returned to her rightful place, after a great season finale, in which she has proclaimed herself a teacher, after winning in the WTA Finals to the Estonian Kontaveit. It closes the year as number three in the world, accompanied in the top-10 by Paula Badosa, the great revelation of the season, which was taken by Indian Wells.

They have not been the only Spanish athletes who deserve special mention this year. This 2021 has been that of Spanish women’s football, led by Alexia Putellas. The FC Barcelona player has established herself as the best in the world, after being differential in her team’s triplet, which has led her to win Golden Ball.

Alexia Putellas, with the Ballon d’Or (AFP)

He also deserves to be on this honor roll Jon Rahm. The Spanish golfer aims very high and this 2021 has confirmed it. This year he has won his first major, the US Open, becoming the first Spanish who manages to win the tournament. Barrica is also number 1 in the world. In addition, in Tokyo it was a clear medal option, but the coronavirus prevented him from being in the Olympic appointment.

In the United States, another that has shone has been Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Greek was the great protagonist of last season in the NBA. He was left without what would have been his third MVP of the season, but he took the ring and the Finals MVP. The pivot was the main architect of the first title in history for the Milwaukee Bucks, who beat Phoenix Suns in the final.

But the first great success of North American sport in 2021 was, once again, for Tom Brady. In its first season in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, He established himself as one of the best athletes of all time, managing to win the Super Bowl for the seventh time.

He is also still king in his own way Leo messi. This 2021 has been marked by a new hit by FC Barcelona, ​​his subsequent departure from the club to sign for PSG and, above all, by his victory in the America Cup with Argentina. The star led his team to their first title in 28 years, earning him his seventh Golden Ball.

The young promises are already realities

There are three young people who have achieved glory this year. We move on to the three quintessential sports on wheels. In them, the new generations have made their way and threaten to establish a new hegemony.

Cycling seems to have found its new dictator. There is no one with more legs than Tadej Pogacar. At least in the grand tours. The Slovenian endorsed his second Tour of Francia, with only 23 years. The very young cyclist already threatens the records of the greats in the history of this sport, and no wonder. In addition, in Tokyo he managed to hang the bronze en route.

In MotoGP, you have to talk about Diablo. Fabio Quartararo he was proclaimed world champion, ahead of Pecco Bagnaia and Joan Mir, picking up the witness of the latter. Five victories and another five times on the podium allowed him to achieve his first world championship in the maximum displacement and, waiting to see how Marc Márquez returns in 2022, he presents himself as a great alternative for Cervera.

Finally, if there is someone who cannot be missing among the greats of 2021, that is Max Verstappen. The Dutchman has ended Lewis Hamilton’s reign in the Formula 1 and he did so after a hectic season, which was resolved in the last lap of the championship. The end lived up to what was experienced throughout 2021 and the rivalry between the new champion and the British. Equality has been constant throughout the year, although with Max ahead in the world championship, until the last races and, when the surprise seemed a fact, an overtaking on the last lap allowed him to unseat the Mercedes.

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