The Belgian international has had a good start to the 2022–23 season, with eight assists and one goal in nine Premier League and UEFA Champions League games thus far for the English champions.
In fact, the attacking midfielder assisted goals for fellow teammates Jack Grealish and Phil Foden in City’s 3-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend, matching Liverpool icon Steven Gerrard‘s record most EPL assists (92) in 287 fewer appearances.
In fact, the tenacious midfielder tied Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard‘s record for the most EPL assists (92) in less games after helping Jack Grealish and Phil Foden score in City’s 3-0 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend.
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“I would probably say Ronaldo because he’s more of a typical striker,” the 31-year-old said in interview with Wow Hydrate.
“Messi is still more of a playmaker. “I am a playmaker, you can give me a striker.”
The possibility of playing alongside either of the two stars at the Etihad seems to have vanished after both multiple Ballon d’Or winners were rumored to be joining the club in 2021 but never did, and the possibility now seems more unlikely given that Pep Guardiola‘s team signed free-scoring Norwegian sensation Erling Haaland in July of this year.
Former English top-flight striker Tony Cascarino compared De Bruyne to Messi following City’s convincing 4-0 victory over Bournemouth last month.
“De Bruyne was De Bruyne at his best, his goal was terrific,” the Irishman said.
“City are a team that’s going to pull you to shreds. Kevin De Bruyne is now the Lionel Messi of what Pep [Guardiola] had at Barcelona.
“He will just take the ball everywhere and use it. He’s pivotal to them.”