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Kevin De Bruyne copies Cristiano Ronaldo to complete full Man City sweep of PFA awards

Manchester City's Phil Foden wins the PFA Men's Young Player of the Year

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Kevin De Bruyne has copied Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo to help Manchester City to complete a sweep of the PFA awards. The Belgian midfielder starred once again as Pep Guardiola’s men won their third Premier League title in four seasons.

Despite Liverpool winning the league last season, De Bruyne had been named the PFA’s Player of the Year after scoring 13 goals and notching 20 assists in the top-flight.

Though his goal contributions took a noticeable downturn this season, with the 29-year-old scoring only six times and adding 12 assists, he proved crucial to Guardiola.

De Bruyne made 25 appearances in the top-flight as City cruised to their third league title under Guardiola’s management.

His astonishing performances have seen him named the PFA’s Player of the Year once again, becoming only the second player to win the award back-to-back.

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Ronaldo is the only other player to have done so, picking up the award in 2007 and 2008, having helped Manchester United win the Premier League in both seasons.

The PFA awards are voted on by professional footballers, with the winners announced at a virtual ceremony on Sunday.

And the newly-crowned Player of the Year De Bruyne admitted that winning the award again was made extra special by the fact that it was his fellow players who had voted for him.

“The fact that players chose me for this award means that I’ve done really well,” the 29-year-old said.

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“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 you compete with every game, to choose you, that says a lot.

“They’re the people in my view who know 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’s win completed a clean sweep of the PFA awards for City, with his team-mate Phil Foden named Young Player of the Year.

And the English midfielder, who has enjoyed a standout campaign under Guardiola was also left delighted.

“I’m really honoured. There have been some great players in the past who have won it,” he said.

“And I feel really lucky because there have been so many great young talents this year. It’s a special moment.

“I’d like to thank my parents, all of the coaches and the players as well, because without them creating chances for me, I wouldn’t score and maybe wouldn’t win the awards. Without them it wouldn’t have been possible.”
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