Barely 24 hours after crashing out of the UEFA champions league, Belgium and Manchester city midfielder Kelvin De Bruyne has been named English premier league player of the year, OJB Sport reports.
French Lique One side Olympique Lyon shocked the Citizens with 3 -1 defeat in the quarter final of the champions league match played on Saturday in Lisbon.
De Bruyne beat Liverpool trio Jordan Henderson, Sadio Mane and Trent Alexander-Arnold, Southampton striker Danny Ings, Leicester City’s Golden Boot winner Jamie Vardy and Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope to the award.
The Belgian produced 20 assists during the top flight campaign to equal Thierry Henry’s record and scored 13 times to help Pep Guardiola’s men finish second in the table.
Liverpool beat City to the title, to end their 30-year wait for league success, and Jurgen Klopp was named manager of the season.
Reds full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold clinched young player of the season after he played a key role in bringing the championship back to Anfield.
Tottenham attacker Son Heung-min’s strike against Burnley in December – where he ran the length of the pitch – scooped goal of the season.
De Bruyne’s former City teammate Vincent Kompany and ex-Chelsea winger Eden Hazard are the two other Belgians to win the accolade.