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Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne a Ballon d'Or candidate - Pep Guardiola

Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne a Ballon d'Or candidate - Pep Guardiola
From ESPN - February 11, 2018

MANCHESTER -- Kevin De Bruyne should be in contention for the Ballon d'Or if he brings success to Manchester City, manager Pep Guardiola has said.

The award, for the world's best player, has been shared between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the past decade.

But Belgium international De Bruyne has been in brilliant form this season, contributing a hat trick of assists in Saturday's 5-1 victory over Leicester City.

Guardiola, asked whether he was a serious contender for the award, said: "No doubt.

"He is not one game. It's the whole season, every three days, playing that way every three games.

"He knows, and everyone knows, to be there you have to win titles and titles and titles. The way he played, it's difficult to find [a better] one in Europe."

De Bruyne said it would be "beautiful" to win an individual prize but stressed that he was more interested in winning trophies with City.

He is among the frontrunners to be named Premier League player of the season after helping City to a huge lead at the top of the table.

"I do everything to win titles with the team. What happens after is an extra," he told reporters.

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