Kevin De Bruyne (born 28 June 1991) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Manchester City, where he is vice-captain, and the Belgian national team.
Recognized for his exceptional passing, shooting and dribbling abilities, he is widely considered to be one of the best players in the world and has often been described as a “complete” midfielder.
De Bruyne began his career at Genk, where he was a regular player when they won the 2010–11 Belgian Pro League. In 2012, he joined English club Chelsea, where he was used sparingly and then loaned to Werder Bremen. He signed with Wolfsburg for £18 million in 2014, where he established himself as one of the best players in the Bundesliga and was integral in the club’s 2014–15 DFB-Pokal win. In the summer of 2015, De Bruyne joined Manchester City for a club record £54 million. He has since won two Premier League titles, four League Cups and an FA Cup with the club. In 2017–18, he had a significant role in Manchester City’s record in becoming the only Premier League team to attain 100 points in a single season. In 2019–20, De Bruyne tied the record for most assists in a Premier League season and was awarded Player of the Season.
De Bruyne made his full international debut in 2010, and he has since earned 78 caps and scored 20 goals for Belgium. He was a member of the Belgian squads that reached the quarter-finals both at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and at UEFA Euro 2016. He represented Belgium at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, where Belgium won the third place play-off match against England, and was named in the FIFA World Cup Dream Team.
De Bruyne has been named in the IFFHS Men’s World Team, the UEFA Team of the Year and the UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season three times each, the ESM Team of the Year twice, the France Football World XI, and the Bundesliga Team of the Year. He has won the Premier League Playmaker of the Season twice, Manchester City’s Player of the Season three times, the PFA Players’ Player of the Year, the UEFA Champions League Midfielder of the Season, the Bundesliga Player of the Year, the Footballer of the Year (Germany), the Belgian Sportsman of the Year and the IFFHS World’s Best Playmaker.