Manchester United great Rio Ferdinand has hailed Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne as the 'best in the world' at his position.

De Bruyne assisted one and scored from the penalty spot for City in their 2-1 last 16 first-leg Champions League tie at Real Madrid on Wednesday night and Ferdinand was full of praise.

The Belgium international has 16 assists and eight goals in 26 Premier League matches this term and he showed his skills at the Bernabeu last night too.

De Bruyne provided a neat cross for Gabriel Jesus to cancel out Isco's opening goal for the hosts, before the 28-year-old was calm and composed as he slotted home a penalty kick late in the contest.

United great Ferdinand was on punditry duties for BT Sport during coverage of the contest and heaped praise on the playmaker post-match.

"De Bruyne, he's the best midfielder in the world right now," Ferdinand told BT Sport.

"I don't think there is anyone near him in terms of what he can do. He does everything.

"We saw in the game there, he has athleticism and he can run away from people.

"His pass appreciation and decision making in the final third is most of the time 99% right."