Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola coursed a stir in his post-match press conference after the win against Bournemouth when he rates Kevin de Bruyne over Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar but below Lionel Messi.
The Belgian has been in outstanding form for the Citizens this season and a major reason why have have won all their five games and just yesterday he was at his best as he orchestrated City’s play from midfield, scoring one and having a hand in the other three.
De Bruyne has 18 goals and 16 assists in 48 games for Manchester City and Guardiola is happy to talk up his qualities.
“Messi is on a table on his own. No-one else is allowed. But the table beside, Kevin can sit there,” Guardiola said.
“Kevin is outstanding player. Without the ball he is the first fighter. With the ball he is clear. He sees absolutely everything.
“He makes the right decision in the right moment every single time.”
Also, Guardiola went on to reveal that the former Chelsea midfielder fiercely ambitious as he has his eyes set on winning the FIFA Ballon D’Or.
“I don’t know him too much but from what I can see he is a guy who likes to be at home with his wife and kids,” said Guardiola. “Before the game he is relaxed and quiet.
“He is one of the best, there is no doubt about that. We are lucky to have him.
“But to be the best, you have to win titles. Maybe I am wrong but I think he would like to win these individual prizes.”