The midfielder has been recognised by his fellow professionals once again after another outstanding season at the Etihad Stadium
Manchester City talisman Kevin De Bruyne has emulated Cristiano Ronaldo and Thierry Henry by scooping the PFA Player of the Year award for a second successive year.
De Bruyne has seen off competition from City team-mates Ruben Dias, Ilkay Gundogan and Phil Foden to retain the prize he won for the first time in 2019-20.
Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes and Tottenham striker Harry Kane also missed out after the latest annual vote amongst the members of the players’ trade union, with the Belgian recognised for another stellar campaign which saw him help City win a fifth Premier League title and fourth consecutive Carabao Cup.
De Bruyne has now joined United legend Ronaldo and former Arsenal star Henry as the only players to win the PFA accolade two years on the bounce, and expressed his delight.
“The fact the players chose me for this award means that I’ve done very well,” said the 29-year-old.
“You want to win all the trophies with the team and this is probably the most important one as an individual trophy in the league. To be voted by your competitors, by players who you compete with every game – to choose you, that says a lot.
“They’re the people in my view who know the most about the game.
“When you have these things you can show your kids and say ‘Look! this is what Daddy did when he was younger’.”
De Bruyne contributed 10 goals and 18 assists to City’s cause in 40 outings across all competitions this term, despite also dealing with a string of injuries which saw him sit out a further 12 matches.
In addition to adding two more domestic trophies to his illustrious CV, the midfielder also played a key role in the club’s run to their first Champions League final, which they lost 1-0 to Premier League rivals Chelsea.