This summer’s Euro 2020 will be Belgium’s best ever chance at a major trophy, and that has a lot to do with their heady attacking midfielder, Kevin De Bruyne.
Over the past several years, De Bruyne’s play for his nation as well as his club, Manchester City, has earned him a reputation as one of the best footballers in the world. De Bruyne’s willingness to take chances and risk the tougher but more lucrative pass, often to resounding success, drew comparisons to Steven Gerrard from legendary English striker Wayne Rooney in 2020.
Rooney also likened KDB to his former Manchester United teammate Ryan Giggs because of the response the young Belgian gets from his teammates when he gets the ball in space. They are constantly making runs when he’s coming up the pitch with the ball because there’s a belief that he will see them and make the difficult but correct pass to find them.
De Bruyne is not one to settle, but he also knows when to resist the urge to force it. His amazing vision and skill on the ball paired with his supreme technical ability on his elegant through balls, crosses, and free kicks put him a cut above nearly all competition.
The man that some call the Ginger Pele has scored 20 goals and provided 33 assists in 78 caps for Belgium and will be participating in his fourth international competition with the Red Devils this summer. After contributing a goal and a pair of assists during Belgium’s 2018 World Cup run, De Bruyne shifted it into high gear during the Euro 2020 Qualifiers, putting up four goals and seven assists in six games.
De Bruyne’s creativity and ingenuity have led to a lot more success with his club team. He has won two Premier League titles and an FA Cup over the past three years, also taking the PFA Player of the Year award for the 2019-2020 season after tying the EPL record for assists in a season (22). All in all, the Drongen native has collected 60 goals and 98 assists in 244 appearances for Manchester City.
Going into Euro 2020 it seems like it’s going to be championship or bust for KDB and his Belgian brethren. They’ve got a ton of quality at all levels of the pitch, with De Bruyne in the middle moving the play forward to a stable of world-class attackers. They’ve got talent and experience in abundance and are a great bet as early co-favorites to win it all.
While De Bruyne is unlikely to win Top Goalscorer honors, he could play a pivotal role in helping countryman Romelu Lukaku take it home. With that position right in the middle of the pitch leading what could very well be the most potent attack at the tournament, KDB is a great shout for Best Player, however, especially if you believe the co-favorites will make it all the way to the Finals.