Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has won the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) Player of the year award for the 2019-20 season.
The 29-year-old scored 16 goals and assisted a further 23 in all competitions, equalling Thierry Henry’s record of 20 assists in a single Premier League campaign.
De Bruyne beat team-mate Raheem Sterling along with a Liverpool quartet of Jordan Henderson, Virgil Van Dijk, Sadio Mane and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
De Bruyne becomes the first Manchester City to win the award.
“It’s a huge honour. To be voted for by your colleagues and competitors from other teams who you play against and they vote for you for best player is amazing,” said the Belgian international.
“It’s strange that I’m the first one at City given all the good players that have played here before and who are still playing here, but it’s nice to represent the club.
“I think it is [the ultimate honour] because you compete against them, they want to win the trophies, they want to be the best. When they vote for you, and it’s everyone who is voting not just a few players, that means you’ve done really well during the season.”
Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold won the PFA Young Player of the 2019-20 season. He was also named in the PFA team of the year.
PFA Team of the Year: Nick Pope (Burnley); Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Caglar Soyuncu (Leicester City), Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool), Andy Robertson Liverpool); Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), David Silva (Manchester City, now at Real Sociedad); Sadio Mane (Liverpool), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)
The 2020 PFA Premier League Team of the Year! #TOTY #PFAawards @Popey1992 @trentaa98@VirgilvDijk @Syncaglar @andrewrobertso5 @21LVA@JHenderson @DeBruyneKev @vardy7 @Aubameyang7 pic.twitter.com/uLchyBRPFq— Professional Footballers' Association (@PFA) September 8, 2020
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