From World-Class to the Best in his position
Full Name: Kevin De Bruyne
Birthdate: June 28, 1991
Place of Birth: Belgium
Football Club (Currently): Manchester City
Playing Years: 2008 to present
Before Kevin de Bruyne was regarded as the best midfielder in the world of football, he simply began his career in hometown club KVV Drongen in 2003 before he joined Gent two years later. His consistent improvement in their youth set-up allowed him to be promoted to the first-team squad in 2008. He ended his league campaign with the club, scoring his first hat-trick and brace for the club, and having a record of eight goals in 28 appearances.
He also represented Belgium at the under-18, under-19, and under-21 levels, making his debut for the Belgian senior national team in 2010 during an international friendly match alongside Finland. He was also among the players included in the 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cup.
In January 2012, De Bruyne signed a five-and-a-half-year contract with Premier League club Chelsea, but would remain at Genk for the rest of the 2011-12 season. In July 2012, he made his debut for Chelsea during a scrimmage with Major League Soccer (MLS) side Seattle Sounders FC in a 4-2 victory. In August, it was announced that De Bruyne will be joining German sports club Werder Bremen on a season-long loan deal after successfully completing his medical.
After a productive loan spell in the Bundesliga with Werder Bremen, he suffered a knee injury while scoring his first ever goal for Chelsea during a pre-season match against Malaysia XI but was able to make his competitive debut in the opening match at the 2013-14 Premier League against Hull City.
In January 2014, he signed with Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg, making his debut for the club during a 3-1 home defeat against Hannover 96. He ended the season helping the club secure the win in the last two matches of the Bundesliga against VfB Stuttgart and Borussia Monchengladbach. The next season, he scored his first goal when he volleyed in a clearance from outside the area to salvage a 1-1 draw against Lille during the UEFA Europa League. In the third group stage away match against Krasnodar, De Bruyne netted two goals in Wolfsburg 4-2 victory.
In March 2015, he scored another two goals in a 3-1 first-leg Europa League 16th round win against Inter Milan. De Bruyne finished the league campaign having 10 goals and 21 assists, the latter being a new Bundesliga record. Wolfsburg was placed second in the Bundesliga, qualifying for the 2015-16 UEFA Champions League. He completed his season with an overall 16 goals and 27 assists, becoming the 2015 Footballer of the Year in Germany.
Kevin De Bruyne started the 2015-16 campaign by securing the victory in the 2015 DFL-Supercup against Bayern Munich. He continued his outstanding form by notching his first goal of the season while also providing two assists in a win against Stuttgarter Kickers during the first round of the DFB-Pokal.
At the start of the 2015 season, Kevin de Bruyne signed with Premier League title-holder Manchester City on a six-year contract. He made his debut for the club during a Premier League fixture against Crystal Palace, substituting for the injured Sergio Aguero. He scored his first goal for Manchester City during the first half stoppage time in an eventual lost against West Ham United. In October, he was among the players included on the list for the prestigious FIFA Ballon d’Or award. He ended the season securing Man City’s place to the Champions League semifinals for the first time the club’s history by netting the match-winning goal against French club Paris Saint-Germain.
In his second season with the club, he scored and provided an assist in the first Manchester derby of the season, with Manchester City coming out victorious. De Bruyne was awarded the Man of the Match for his stunning performance during that fixture. He was once again awarded the Man of the match due to his performance in the 4-0 win against Bournemouth. He also completed the 2017-18 season in a stunning display, securing numerous victories for Man City, subsequently being awarded the Premier League Playmaker of the Season, PFA Team of the Year, and was voted as Manchester City Player of the Season.
De Bruyne is often regarded as one of the best modern day advanced players because of his technical abilities, wide range of passing, and long-range striking skills. In August 2018, he suffered a lesion of the lateral collateral ligament in his right knee during training and was expected to be sidelined for three months. However, it was reported that De Bruyne might make an early comeback for Man City’s match against Burnley on October 20 since he was spotted training with the team just recently.
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