Kevin de Bruyne named PFA Player of the Year

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Kevin De Bruyne named PFA Player of the Year as Manchester City’s star is recognized for his outstanding campaign with Premier League champions and wins the top prize for the second time

  • Manchester City star Kevin de Bruyne named PFA Player of the Year
  • The 29-year-old played a vital role in City’s storming to the Premier League title
  • De Bruyne scored six and provided 12 assists in 25 league matches
  • He beat three City teammates, Harry Kane and Bruno Fernandes, to the prize

Kevin de Bruyne named PFA Men’s Footballer of the Year after an outstanding campaign at Manchester City

The prestigious English football awards ceremony took place on Sunday evening to mark the 2020-21 campaign in which City battled for the Premier League title.

Belgian maestro De Bruyne, 29, was at the heart of Pep Guardiola’s success in the league, scoring six goals and providing 12 assists in 25 appearances and playing an integral part in the Catalan’s unusual false 9 system.

Kevin de Bruyne named PFA Player of the Year after an outstanding season for City

The 29-year-old has scored six goals and provided 12 assists for Pep Guardiola's side in the league

The 29-year-old has scored six goals and provided 12 assists for Pep Guardiola’s side in the league

And the City star has sent teammates Ruben Dias, Ilkay Gundogan and Phil Foden, as well as Harry Kane and Bruno Fernandes to the illustrious award.

De Bruyne’s triumph is the second time he has scored the highest gong, having won it in the 2019-20 campaign.

“The fact that players choose me for this award means I have done very well,” said De Bruyne in a video released by the PFA.

“I’m becoming more and more of a leader on the pitch, off the pitch. I’m learning a lot about myself, about the way the team is run and it can only help me for the future,” said De Bruyne in a video released by the PFA.

De Bruyne helped City to the league title, his third since joining the club from Wolfsburg

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 if you win a trophy like that, it’s probably the most important as an individual trophy in the competition.

“Being chosen by your competitors that you compete with every game, that says a lot. They are in my opinion the people who know the most about the game and they are trying to reach the best level.

“If 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 named Young Player of the Year, with Chelsea’s Fran Kirby taking the Female Player of the Year award and Manchester City’s Lauren Hemp the Woman’s Young Player for the third time.

The Belgian maestro said he was proud to be recognized as the best by his fellow players

The Belgian maestro said he was proud to be recognized as the best by his fellow players

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