Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has won the Professional Footballers’ Association men’s Player of the Year award for the second successive season.
The 29-year-old Belgium international becomes the second player in history to win back-to-back PFA ‘Player of the Year’ award after former Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo.
De Bruyne saw off competition from City team-mates Phil Foden, Ruben Dias, Ilkay Gundogan as well as Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes and Tottenham’s Harry Kane.
“I had to fulfil a job that the coach wanted me to do (this season) and the fact the players chose me for this award means I’ve done really well,” De Bruyne told the club’s official website after winning the award.
“Off the pitch, (my responsibilities) change every year, I’m becoming more a leader on and off the pitch. I’m learning a lot about myself and about the way the team is run. It can only help me for the future
De Bruyne scored 10 goals in all competitions and had 18 assists as City won the English League title and reached its first Champions League final, which it lost to Chelsea.
Meanwhile, Phil Foden won the men’s PFA Young Player of the Year award, beating fellow England internationals Trent Alexander-Arnold, Mason Mount, Declan Rice, Bukayo Saka, and Mason Greenwood to the prize.
The 21-year-old has become one of City’s most important players, playing 50 times in all competitions, scoring 16 goals and assisting 10.
On winning the award, Foden said: “I’m really honoured. There have been some great players in the past who have won it. I feel really lucky to win because there are some great young talents this season. I am feeling really happy – It’s a special moment.”