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De Bruyne UEFA Best nominee – Key Facts

Manchester City and Belgium midfielder De Bruyne is one of the top three nominees for the 2021/22 UEFA Men’s Best Player of the Year award.

De Bruyne UEFA Best nominee - Key Facts
De Bruyne UEFA Best nominee

Kevin De Bruyne is one of the top three nominees for the 2021/22 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award.

UEFA.com analyses why he is in the running alongside Karim Benzema and Thibaut Courtois. see: Courtois UEFA Best nominee – Facts and Stats

Why De Bruyne was nominated for UEFA Best?

The midfield schemer makes the top three for the third season. He was named the Premier League Player of the Season after inspiring City to another domestic title, his fourth during his seven seasons at the club.

The Belgian was a man of the match and sole goalscorer as City edged past Atlético in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg and struck again at home to Real Madrid in the last four. Nine of his 12 goals in the UEFA Champions League have been scored in knockout games – further proof of him being City’s man for the big occasion.

Kevin De Bruyne 2021/22 in numbers

Achievements
Premier League winner, Premier League Player of the Season

UEFA Champions League
Appearances: 10
Goals: 2
Assists: 3
Player of the Match awards: 1

Domestic League
Appearances: 30
Goals: 15
Assists: 8

What are the top three performances of Kevin De Bruyne?

Manchester City 1-0 Atlético
Diego Simeone’s resilient outfit appeared to be the antidote to Pep Guardiola’s free-scoring team as City toiled for 69 minutes. Then, De Bruyne burst onto Phil Foden’s pass to sweep in what proved to be the only goal of the tie.

Manchester City 4-3 Real Madrid
The semi-final first leg completely contrasts the grind against Atlético, De Bruyne lighting the touchpaper inside two minutes with a wonderful diving header from Riyad Mahrez’s cross. Nine minutes later, he set up Gabriel Jesus for the second too.

Sporting CP 0-5 Manchester City
Another first leg – this time in the round of 16 – and another clutch moment that shaped the course of the game. Though De Bruyne did not score the opener this time, his quick thinking set up Mahrez for the first goal and City rode off into the distance.

De Bruyne UEFA Best nominee, Source: UEFA.com

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