Kevin De Bruyne is at the same level with Ronaldo and Messi – Pep Guardiola

Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has rated Kevin De Bruyne as one of the world best footballers alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

The former Barcelona manager made his comments after goals from De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus sank Leicester City‘s Premier League dreams in their November 18 fixture against City.

Jesus scored shortly before halftime and the Belgian international footballer added another goal immediately after the break to arouse admiration from Guardiola, who claims Bruyne has achieved the fitness level required for a World Best Footballer of the Year award.


Image: Kevin De Bruyne

Most amazing footballers such as Franck Ribery, Sergio Aguero, Fernando Torres, Manuel Neuer, Neymar and Antoine Griezman have reached the top level at some points in their careers but failed to retain the spot.

Griezman admitted over a year ago that he wanted to to sit at the same table as Messi and Cristiano and get as close as possible to their level, and he did.

However, he lacked the consistency possessed by Xavi and Andres Iniesta, the only two footballers who finished in the top three more than once.

De Bruyne is definitely having a moment of his life at the Etihad Stadium and Guardiola believes the Belgian football ace is destined to be a world great.

Better described as the best of all modern day advanced playmakers, the 26-year-old Belgian can play a winger, attacking midfielder and second striker. He possesses natural football skills, vision, wide range passing skills,  long-range shooting skills and amazing dribbling techniques.

‘I rate him among the top 1% of all players I’ve ever coached,’ Guardiola said of the Belgian footballer who has earned over 50 caps for his country.

‘I admit Messi is from another planet but after him, De Bruyne is definitely there.’

Football analysts rate De Bruyne as the Premier League’s best player so far. And Roberto Martinez, the Belgian international coach, collaborated Guardiola’s statements saying, ‘I am sure he will reach the level currently occupied by Messi and Ronaldo.’

De Bruyne’s 20-yard strike at the King Power Stadium made it a record 50 goals he has been connected with, in his 76 appearances for City.

Football analysts say the achievement makes him the fasted midfielder in Premier League’s history to achieve the feat.

The Ghent-born star started his career at Genk, where he featured on regular basis and contributed to their victorious Belgian Pro League campaign in the 2010-11 season. He joined Chelsea in 2012 and later left on loan to Werder Bremen.

In 2014, De Bruyne signed an £18 million contract with Wolfburg and was named German Footballer of the Year in 2015, the same year he arrived Manchester City for a club record  £55 million.