Kevin De Bruyne (born 28 June 1991) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Manchester City and the Belgian national team. He began his career at Genk, where he was a regular player when they won the 2010–11 Belgian Pro League. In 2012, he joined English club Chelsea, where he was used sparingly and then loaned to Werder Bremen. De Bruyne joined Manchester City for a club record £54 million. He has since won two Premier League titles, four League Cups and an FA Cup with the club. In 2017–18, he had a significant role in Manchester City’s record in becoming the first Premier League team to attain 100 points in a single season.
He has since earned 74 caps and scored 19 goals for Belgium. He was a member of the Belgian squads that reached the quarter-finals both at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and at UEFA Euro 2016. He represented Belgium at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, where Belgium won the third-place play-off match against England and was named in the FIFA World Cup Dream Team.
He has also been named in the IFFHS Men’s World Team twice, the UEFA Team of the Year twice, the UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season twice, the France Football World XI, and the Bundesliga Team of the Year. He won the inaugural Premier League Playmaker of the Season, the Manchester City’s Player of the Year twice, the Bundesliga Player of the Year, the Footballer of the Year in Germany, and the Belgian Sportsman of the Year.
De Bruyne Nationality, Nickname, Family, Net Worth Etc
Full Name: Kevin De Bruyne
Date of Birth: 28 June 1991
Place of Birth: Drongen, Ghent, Belgium
Nicknames: The Ginger Pele
Height: 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight: 68 kg
Strong Foot: Right
Current Club: Manchester City
Jersey/Kit Number: 17
Net Worth: $30 million
Parents: Herwig De Bruyne (Father), Anna De Bruyne (Mother)
Siblings: Stefanie De Bruyne (Sister)
Partner: Michele Lacroix (married 2017)
Children: Mason Milian De Bruyne (Son), Rome De Bruyne (Son)
Early Life, Childhood & Background
De Bruyne was born on 28 June 1991, to a white minority family in Belgium, his childhood was marked by series of travels due to the nature of his father’s work. His father, Herwig De Bruyne worked in the oil industry which made him and his family constantly on the move. Aside from that, young De Bruyne often visited the family of his mother, Anna De Bruyne, in England. As young age 4, De Bruyne had already begun playing football in his home town. He soon began playing for home town club, KVV Drongen, where his football skills attracted public attention. After two years at KVV Drongen, he moved on to Gent youth system, where he saw his family only on weekends. Young De Bruyne thus learnt to cater for himself.
At Gent, he was seen as one of the new youngsters who will solidify the country’s reputation in the football world due to the unpopularity of the then-current footballers who were constantly putting up bad performances. As De Bruyne made progress in his football career he survived on the little he earned from football and often was visited by his grandmother who was concerned about young De Bruyne being away from his family.
Achievements, Professional Career & Achievements
In 1997, De Bruyne began his career with hometown club KVV Drongen. Two years later, he joined Gent and moved to Genk in 2005. De Bruyne continued his development in their youth set-up and was rewarded for his progress by being promoted to the first team squad in 2008.
He made his first team debut for Genk in a 3–0 defeat at Charleroi on 9 May 2009. Having established himself in the team the following season, on 7 February 2010, De Bruyne scored his first goal for the club, which secured all three points for Genk in a 1–0 win against Standard Liège. He scored five goals and made 16 assists in 32 league matches during the 2010–11 season as Genk were crowned Belgian champions for the third time. On 29 October 2011.
De Bruyne scored his first hat-trick for Genk against Club Brugge, which ended in a 5–4 win for Genk. On 28 January 2012, De Bruyne scored a brace against OH Leuven in a 5–0 win.
He signed a five-and-a-half-year contract at Stamford Bridge, but would stay at Genk for the remainder of the 2011–12 season. De Bruyne told the club website, “To come to a team like Chelsea is a dream but now I have to work hard to achieve the level that’s necessary.” On 18 July 2012, De Bruyne made his debut for Chelsea in a friendly match against Major League Soccer (MLS) side Seattle Sounders FC in a 4–2 win. De Bruyne also played the first half against Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain at Yankee Stadium, New York.
Werder Bremen (loan)
Chelsea announced that De Bruyne was to join Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga on a season-long loan deal on 31 July 2012, on 15 September De Bruyne scored his first goal for Bremen in a 3–2 defeat to Hannover 96, netting from 11 yards out after being played in by Eljero Elia. De Bruyne continued his good form, scoring in Bremen’s next game, a 2–2 draw with VfB Stuttgart, on 23 September.
De Bruyne got back on the score sheet on 18 November, scoring the winning goal — despite his team being down to 10 men — as Bremen came from a goal down to defeat Fortuna Düsseldorf 2–1.De Bruyne scored his first goal in over two months on 4 May 2013, since netting a consolation goal in Bayern Munich’s 6–1 hammering of Bremen, putting his side up 2–0 at home to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim before a late brace from Sven Schipplock meant that the game finished 2–2. He followed this up with a goal in Bremen’s next match, securing a place in the Bundesliga for the next season with a 1–1 draw against Eintracht Frankfurt on 11 May.
Wolfsburg signed De Bruyne on 18 January 2014 for a fee of £18 million (€22 million). On 25 January 2014, he made his debut for Wolfsburg in a 3–1 home loss against Hannover 96. On 12 April 2014, De Bruyne assisted 2 goals in their 4–1 home win against 1. FC Nürnberg.
After a week he scored his first goal for Wolfsburg in 3–1 away win against Hamburger SV. He also scored in the last two matches of the Bundesliga helping his team to win against VfB Stuttgart and Borussia Mönchengladbach. De Bruyne scored his first goal of the 2014–15 season on 2 October 2014, volleying in a clearance from outside the box to salvage a 1–1 draw against Lille in the Europa League. In the third group match away to Krasnodar on 23 October, De Bruyne scored twice as Wolfsburg secured their first win in the competition with a 4–2 victory.
On 12 March 2015, De Bruyne scored two goals in a 3–1 first leg Europa League round of 16 victory over Internazionale. On 15 March 2015, he scored one goal and assisted another two in 3–0 victory over SC Freiburg. De Bruyne ended the league season with 10 goals and 19 assists, the latter a new Bundesliga record, as Wolfsburg finished second in the Bundesliga and qualified for the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League. On 30 May 2015, he started and scored in the 2015 DFB-Pokal Final as Die Wölfe defeated Borussia Dortmund 3–1 at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.
On 30 August 2015, Manchester City announced the arrival of De Bruyne on a six-year contract, for a reported club-record fee of £55 million (€75 million), making him the second most expensive transfer in British football history after Ángel Di María’s move to Manchester United in 2014. He made his debut for the team in the Premier League on 12 September against Crystal Palace, replacing injured Sergio Agüero in the 25th minute.
On 2 October, De Bruyne was announced as one of the players on the longlist for the prestigious FIFA Ballon d’Or award, alongside such teammates as Sergio Agüero and Yaya Touré. Just 18 days later, on 20 October he was revealed by FIFA as one of the players on the 23-man shortlist for the Ballon d’Or. On 21 October, De Bruyne scored an injury-time winner against Sevilla in the UEFA Champions League, to take City within one point of group leaders Juventus, with three games remaining. On 1 December, he scored a brace in a 4–1 win over Hull City to send Manchester City through to the semi-finals of the Football League Cup.
De Bruyne scored and assisted in the first Manchester derby of the season which City won 2–1 and was awarded the Man of the Match on 10 September 2016. On 17 September 2016, De Bruyne was awarded the Man of the Match, in a 4–0 win over Bournemouth. De Bruyne scored the first, assisted the fourth, and provided key passes on both the second and third goals. After the international break, Manchester City drew their next game, against Everton, played on 15 October 2016 with the scoreline finishing at 1–1. Agüero and De Bruyne both missed their penalties while Nolito came off the bench to equalise for City.
On 1 November, De Bruyne scored from a free kick in the team’s 3–1 win over FC Barcelona. On 21 January 2017, De Bruyne was involved in both of City’s goals, as he netted once himself and also assisted Leroy Sané’s, in a 2–2 home draw with Tottenham Hotspur; he was subsequently named Man of the Match. On 19 March 2017, De Bruyne displayed an excellent performance in a 1–1 draw against Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium, where he set up a goal for Agüero.
De Bruyne set up both Agüero’s and Gabriel Jesus’ goals, on 9 September 2017, in a 5–0 home victory over Liverpool. On 16 September, De Bruyne assisted Agüero for his first goal in an eventual 6–0 win over Watford. On 26 September, De Bruyne scored his first goal of the 2017–18 season in a 2–0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk.
He provided an assist for Gabriel Jesus in a 3–1 win over Everton, ensuring that City would require only one more win to secure the Premier League title on 31 March 2018. On 22 April, he scored in a 5–0 win over Swansea City. On 13 May, on the final day of the season, De Bruyne assisted Gabriel Jesus’ winning goal in a 1–0 win over Southampton, which took champions City’s total points tally to 100.
De Bruyne was also voted as BBC Man of the Match. For his 16 assists registered across the league season, De Bruyne won the inaugural Premier League Playmaker of the Season award. He was also selected in the PFA Team of the Year and was also voted as Manchester City Player of the Season.
De Bruyne suffered a knee injury during a training session, with several news websites reporting that he could potentially not play for up to three months on 15 August 2018. Manchester City confirmed that he had suffered a lesion of the lateral collateral ligament in his right knee, with no surgery required, and that he was expected to not play for three months.
De Bruyne returned to action in October 2018, he once again suffered a knee ligament injury in the 4th round of the Carabao Cup against Fulham. The injury was expected to keep him out for 5–6 weeks but he resumed full training much earlier than expected after only 3 weeks out. He came on as substitute in the FA Cup final against Watford, scoring the third goal and assisting two more, as City won the first-ever domestic treble in English men’s football. His performances meant he was named Man of the Match.
De Bruyne was capped by Belgium at under-18, under-19, and under-21 level. He made his debut for the Belgian senior team on 11 August 2010 in an international friendly against Finland in Turku; the game ended in a 1–0 loss for Belgium. Before making his full debut for Belgium’s senior side, De Bruyne was eligible to play for Burundi, his mother’s birthplace.
De Bruyne became a regular member of Belgium’s team during the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign, where he scored four goals as the Red Devils qualified for their first major tournament in 12 years. De Bruyne was selected for Belgium’s final 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. On 18 June, in the opening game against debutants Panama, De Bruyne provided an assist for Romelu Lukaku in an eventual 3–0 win. On 6 July, he scored the second goal of the match in a 2–1 quarter-final victory over Brazil and was named the Man of the Match. In the semi-finals, Belgium were defeated 1–0 by eventual champions France.
Family, Relationships & Personal Life
Kevin De Bruyne’s mother is Belgian, born in Burundi and has also lived in the Ivory Coast. His hometown Drongen, a submunicipality of the city of Ghent, is situated in Flanders, the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium. Aside from his mother tongue Dutch, De Bruyne also speaks French, English and German.
De Bruyne has been in a relationship with Michèle Lacroix, who announced on 28 September 2015 that she was pregnant with the couple’s son Since 2014. Mason Milian De Bruyne was born on 10 March 2016. Their second son, Rome De Bruyne, was born on 31 October 2018. De Bruyne and Lacroix married in June 2017. In April 2020 it was announced that they were expecting their third child.
Net Worth, Salary & Endorsement
De Bruyne is a Belgian professional soccer player who has a net worth of $30 million. He has endorsement deals with major sports brand Nike, EA Sports and Orange.
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