Despite Manchester City finishing the 2019/20 Premier League season 18 points behind champions Liverpool, it was a campaign to remember on an individual level for Kevin De Bruyne. The Belgian became only the second player in the competition’s history to record 20 assists in a single season, matching Thierry Henry’s total for Arsenal in 2002/03.
Like Henry 17 years earlier, De Bruyne perhaps proved himself the best player in England but was unable to lead his team to the title. He was nonetheless consistently outstanding, and played a crucial role in City surpassing 100 Premier League goals in a season for a third time. “Kevin has something unique,” said his manager Pep Guardiola. “He can run; the vision he has. He sees things others cannot see. Right now, in the midfield position, he is the best (in the world).”