Kevin De Bruyne – Player Profile

Belgium’s Ace Playmaker

Kevin de Bruyne is the best attacking midfielder in the world and there is no one who can match his skill or class.

Early life

De Bruyne was born in the Drongen, Ghent in 1991. His mother was English in origin but lived in Ivory Coast. The 27-year-old can speak multiple languages, such as Dutch, English and French quite nicely.

Club career

De Bruyne started his club career with Belgian outfit Genk in the season 2008-09, but it took him another season to establish himself in the team’s midfield.

In the 2010-11 season, De Bruyne managed to score just three goals and provided two assists, whereas in the other season, he scored five goals in 32 appearances.

But his breakthrough season came in 2011-12 season, where De Bruyne scored eight goals and provided an assist, which led to him being linked to European giants and he ended up joining Premier League club Chelsea. However, his move panned out to be a bad one and he fell out with manager Jose Mourinho and eventually ended up joining Bundesliga side Wolfsburg, first on loan and then permanently a season later.

Breakthrough Season

There, De Bruyne had outstanding four seasons, the first of which came in the season 2012-13 where he scored in 10 goals and provided an assist in 33 appearances and then in 2014-15 season, where he once scored 10 goals, but provided whopping 20 assists in 34 appearances, which made him one of the best and most inspirational talent in Europe.
The next season saw another big move from De Bruyne as he joined Premier League giants Manchester City, and this time, he came with the mission of conquering England, which he did in emphatic manner.

In the first season at the blue half of Manchester, De Bruyne managed to score seven goals and provided nine assists in 25 appearances, whereas the next season, he scored six goals and provided 18 assists in 36 league appearances for the club.
In the last season, De Bruyne produced an inspirational performance for the side in the title-winning run as he scored eight goals and provided 16 assists in 37 league appearances.

International career

De Bruyne represented Belgium at the U18, U19 and U21 levels before making his debut in the senior team on August 11, 2010 in a friendly against Finland. However, it took De Bruyne five more matches to score his first goal, which came in a 3-0 win against Serbia at Stadium Crvena Zvezda, Belgrade on October 12, 2012.

So far, De Bruyne has represented Belgium in 68 matches, where he scored 15 goals for the team, the most of which came in the year 2014, where he scored four goals.

De Bruyne has also represented Belgium in three major international tournaments – FIFA World Cup 2014 and 2018, UEFA Euro 2016 – and has scored two goals and provided seven assists for the team in 15 matches. De Bruyne also played a key role in Belgium’s third-place finish in the recently concluded World Cup, where they defeated Brazil and England on their way to cementing a decent finish in the tournament.