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Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne Has Been Nominated For UEFA’s Player Of The Year Award.

Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne has helped make history with his nomination for UEFA Player of the Year.

De Bruyne enjoyed an excellent 2020/21 season at the Etihad, helping the Blues win the Premier League title and yet another Carabao Cup while on an individual level he scored 10 goals and 18 assists, which was an outstanding contribution.

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However, the Belgian couldn’t inspire City to a comeback in the Champions League final after his involvement in that clash was cut short when he collided with Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger – De Bruyne sustained an acute nose bone fracture and left orbital fracture.

Chelsea prevailed on that night in Portugal – Jorginho and N’Golo Kanté have been subsequently nominated alongside De Bruyne for the UEFA Player of the Year award, making up the final two nominee spots.

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De Bruyne has helped create history with his nomination alongside his Chelsea adversaries for the award, most recently won by Robert Lewandowski, because it’s the first time in the prize’s 11-year history that all three nominees have been midfielders.

The 30-year-old isn’t the only representative at City that’s been nominated for a UEFA award, though, because it was also announced that Pep Guardiola is in contention to win Men’s Coach of the Year, competing against Roberto Mancini and Thomas Tuchel.

Rather obviously, the latter is the Chelsea boss and it seems City’s rivalry with the London club – considering De Bruyne’s and Guardiola’s competition – has already started away from the pitch this season, with both sides yet to play each other.

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