Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is convinced Kevin De Bruyne is a future Ballon d’Or winner — if he can help Manchester City conquer the Champions League Mirror Sport reports
The Belgian produced another masterclass in how to run a game in Saturday’s 5-1 win over Leicester, producing three assists as leaders City continued their relentless march towards the title.
Though the Belgian is currently earning £54million but he is actually worth more than that.
Guardiola acknowledges De Bruyne can become the best player in Europe but said he must help City to Champions League success if he is to displace Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, who have dominated the award for the past decade the source disclosed.
When asked if De Bruyne could displace Messi and Ronaldo’s monopoly of the individual award Guardiola said: “No doubt.
“But it’s not one game. It’s the whole season, every three days, playing that way. Every three games.
“He knows – and everyone knows – to be there, you have to win titles, and titles and titles. Especially one. The way he plays, it’s difficult to find one [better] in Europe Mirror Sport reported.
Lionel Messi and Ronaldo have held on to the Ballon D’or since 2008, winning the title five times each as Euroe continues to search for someone who would put and end to this monopoly.