Kevin De Bruyne claims Roberto Lewandowski would be his Ballon d’Or winner ahead of himself and his Manchester City team-mates.
De Bruyne has been listed for the World Player of the Year award along with his City pals Phil Foden, Ruben Dias, Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling.
But the Belgium star reckons Lewandowski tops everyone because of his astonishing haul of 51 goals already in 2021 for Bayern Munich and Poland.
The striker bagged an incredible 56 goals in 50 appearances last season and 59 in 53 the campaign before and De Bruyne claims he is a phenomenal player.
“If I have to choose myself, I’d go and look at the two years before and I would choose Lewandowski for what he’s done in the last two years, goalscoring wise and he’s won a lot with Bayern,” he said.
“He would be my pick.”
De Bruyne also claims he has few bad memories of the Champions League Final because he can barely remember that night in Porto.
De Bruyne recalls little of City’s defeat to Chelsea because of the sickening head injury he suffered in a collision with Antonio Rudiger.
The City playmaker suffered a fractured eye socket and broken nose and was in his kit when he left hospital the following morning and returned dazed to the team hotel.
“I don’t remember a lot after the incident so there’re not a lot of memories,” he said.
“I remember some chances in the first half and the goal. After the collision I don’t remember a lot. I don’t remember how I got to the hospital.
“I remember going back in the morning to the team hotel at 10am still with my City kit on.
“It’s sport and it happens. It’s not the best thing that ever happened, but you get on with it.”
De Bruyne is also hazy about meeting Khaldoon Al Mubarak the following morning when the City chairman told him he would win the Champions League for them one day.
“I think he spoke to the team in the evening or the morning, I’ve no idea,” said the Belgium star.
“He just said he was happy with what I contributed to the team and in the year. He said some positive words like we’ll be back, we’ll be fighting again to try to win the trophy.
“It was nice to hear that from the chairman because it was a big blow for everybody.”
De Bruyne, 30, understands why critics say City must lift the Champions League to be considered a great side, but he is satisfied with his haul of three Premier Leagues, one FA Cup and five League Cups.
“In the last six years we’ve been one time in the last 16, the other five times the quarter-final or better so we’re always competing,” he said.
“We’ve not managed to win it, but we are trying. Hopefully in my period here we can get one.
“Does it define you legacy? For people outside maybe. I think it depends. You look at the situation and I’m happy with what we’ve done as a club for the last six years.”Read More Read More