Kevin De Bruyne named PFA Player of the Year as Manchester City star is recognised for outstanding campaign with Premier League champions and wins the top prize for a second time
- Manchester City star Kevin de Bruyne has been named PFA Player of the Year
- The 29-year-old played a crucial role in City storming to the Premier League title
- De Bruyne scored six and provided 12 assists in 25 league appearances
- He beat three City team-mates, Harry Kane and Bruno Fernandes to the award
Kevin de Bruyne has been named PFA Men’s Footballer of the Year after an outstanding campaign with Manchester City
English football’s prestigious award ceremony took place on Sunday evening to celebrate the 2020-21 campaign, in which City romped to the Premier League title.
Belgian maestro De Bruyne, 29, was at the heart of Pep Guardiola’s side’s success in the league, scoring six goals and providing 12 assists in 25 appearances and played an integral role in the Catalonian’s unusual false 9 system.
Kevin de Bruyne has been named PFA Player of the Year after an outstanding season for City
The 29-year-old scored six goals and provided 12 assists for Pep Guardiola’s side in the league
And the City star has pipped team-mates Ruben Dias, Ilkay Gundogan and Phil Foden, as well as Harry Kane and Bruno Fernandes to the illustrious prize.
De Bruyne’s triumph is the second time he has scooped the top gong, having won it in the 2019-20 campaign.
‘The fact that players choose me for this award means I have done really well,’ De Bruyne said in a video released by the PFA.
‘I am becoming more of a leader on the pitch, off the pitch. I am learning a lot about myself, about the way the team is run and it can only help me for the future,’ De Bruyne said in a video released by the PFA.
De Bruyne helped City to the league title, his third since joining the club from Wolfsburg
‘You want to win all the trophies with the team and then obviously if you win a trophy like this, this is probably the most important one as an individual trophy in the league.
‘To be voted by your competitors who you compete with every game, that says a lot. They are the people, in my view, who know the most about the game and they are trying to get to the best level.
‘When you have these things, you can show your kids and say, “Look, this is what daddy did when he was younger”.’
Elsewhere, De Bruyne’s team-mate Phil Foden was announced as young player of the year, with Chelsea’s Fran Kirby taking the women’s player of the year accolade and Manchester City’s Lauren Hemp scooping women’s young player for the third time.
The Belgian maestro said he was proud to be recognised by his fellow players as the best
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