Kevin De Bruyne has been one of the best midfielders in the entire world for the last few years. Being part of a super Manchester City side, the Belgian gets assists for fun and has won a lot of trophies, including the treble last season.
He has played with a lot of superstars in his long career, including the likes of Sergio Aguero, David Silva, Vincent Kompany and Pep Guardiola. Recently, he was asked if there was one player he would have wanted to play with and it was a surprising choice.
Kevin De Bruyne prefers Ronaldo’s striker role over Messi’s playmaking
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are arguably two of the best players in history, and there is a ‘GOAT’ debate about them. Many fans and players have a definite choice on the matter, often debating about it. Kevin De Bruyne was also once asked to give his opinion on them but with a twist. He was asked which of the two he would like to play with, instead of who he prefers.
Having played against both players, De Bruyne knows how they play and how good they are. However, at the time Cristiano Ronaldo played for Manchester United, his direct rival at club level. So, one may have thought he would choose Messi instead of the United star.
But instead, he shockingly chose Ronaldo and explained that he would rather play with a striker than another playmaker. He said, “I would probably say Ronaldo because he’s more of a typical striker. Messi is still more of a playmaker. I am a playmaker, you can give me a striker.”
The answer shows the intelligent mind of the Belgian, as Messi has a similar profile to him, though the Argentine is way better. Playing with an elite striker up front, as we have seen with Erling Haaland, is better for a player like De Bruyne, and his assists would surely increase. De Bruyne has also been tipped to join Ronaldo at his new club, Al Nassr.
Pep Guardiola provides encouraging update on Kevin De Bruyne
Kevin De Bruyne has not been able to play for City this season, suffering a serious injury at the start of the season. Since then, he hasn’t played a single minute of soccer, though there is a positive update now.
In a recent interview with the club’s website, manager Pep Guardiola provided a positive note about the Belgian playmaker. He has been included in the squad set to compete for the upcoming FIFA Club World Cup but may not play at all. He is doing very light training, but separately from the rest of the squad.
“I think he has started to run on the pitch but hasn’t trained with us once. The FIFA Club World Cup is in two or three weeks. I don’t know. Maybe it’s a bit early but I don’t know at this point.”
Manchester City will face Crvena zvezda tomorrow night in the last group stage game of the UCL campaign, while Kevin De Bruyne can only watch on from the sidelines.