Manchester City duo, Kevin De Bruyne, and Phil Foden picked up awards in the 2021 Professional Footballers Association (PFA) awards after their outstanding performance in the 2020-2021 season.
Kevin De Bruyne was voted the 2021 men’s PFA Players’ Player of the Year ahead of Manchester City defender Ruben Dias who won the 2021 Premier League player of the season.
Other players the 29-year-old Belgian attacking midfielder beat to the award are Manchester City’s Phil Foden, Ilkay Gundogan, Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes, and Tottenham’s Harry Kane.
Kevin De Bruyne helped Manchester City to win the 2020-2021 Premier League title after playing 26 league games in which he scored 6 goals and provided 12 assists.
This year’s edition of the award made it the second time in a row Kevin De Bruyne was named the PFA Players’ Player of the Year. This means that he is the third player in the history of football in England to win the category of the award two successive times.
The first two players to achieve such a feat are Arsenal’s all-time highest goalscorer Thierry Henry and former Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo.
In his reaction after winning the award, Kevin De Bruyne said: “The fact that players chose me for this award means that I have done really well.
“You want to win all the trophies with the team and this is probably the most important one as an individual in the league. To be voted by your competitors, by players who you compete within every game – for them to choose you says a lot.
“They’re the people in my view who know the most about the game. When you have these things you can show your kids and say, ‘Look! This is what daddy did when he was younger”.
On the other hand, 21-year-old Manchester City left-winger, Phil Foden was named PFA Young player of the year for his role in his club’s Premier League triumph.
He won the award ahead of Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold, Chelsea’s Mason Mount, West Ham’s Declan Rice, Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka, and Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood.
Phil Foden won the award in a season he played 28 Premier League games in which he scored 9 goals and provided 5 assists.
“I’m really honored”, he said. “There have been some great players in the past that have won it, and I feel really lucky because there have been so many great young talents this year.
“I’d like to thank my parents, all of the coaches, and the players as well. Without the players creating chances for me, I wouldn’t score and maybe I wouldn’t win awards. Without them, it wouldn’t have been possible.”