Kevin De Bruyne was named Player of the Year in England on Tuesday. The Manchester City playmaker is therefore the successor of Virgil van Dijk, who was also nominated this year.
The 29-year-old De Bruyne also left teammate Raheem Sterling and Liverpool players Sadio Mane, Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold behind him. Alexander-Arnold did receive the prize for best young player of the year.
De Bruyne only won the League Cup with Manchester City last season, but he scored sixteen goals and 23 assists in 48 games (all competitions). In the Premier League, the Belgian equaled the record of Thierry Henry with twenty assists.
“It is a great honor to be named Player of the Year by my colleagues. It is perhaps surprising that I am the first Manchester City player to win this award, given all the big names who have already played here,” said De Bruyne on the website from his club.
De Bruyne was also voted Player of the Year in the Premier League in August. The midfielder also took over that title from Van Dijk.
In the women’s category, the Player of the Year award went to Bethany England. The Chelsea forward succeeded Vivianne Miedema. The Orange International was one of the nominees.