Belgian football player Kevin De Bruyne presently competes for Manchester City and the Belgian national team. He is currently considered as one of the world’s greatest players. He is best remembered for his time with Manchester City, where he played as a winger or attacking midfielder. Additionally, he has represented both Belgium and German Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg.
Kevin De Bruyne Early Life
He was born on June 28, 1991, into a white minority family in Belgium. Because of the nature of his father’s job, Kevin De Bruyne’s childhood was characterised by frequent travel. His father, Herwig De Bruyne, worked in the oil industry, which kept him and his family on the move all the time. In addition, young De Bruyne frequently traveled to England to see his mother Anna De Bruyne’s family.
De Bruyne’s father is a businessman with excellent bargaining skills, which he has utilised to assist his son to earn a large salary. His mother was born in Burundi but grew up in the United Kingdom. De Bruyne was born to her when she was 18 years old. She was born in Burundi in her father’s oil company and quickly took over her father’s economic ventures. She frequently attends De Bruyne’s games, and afterward, De Bruyne rushes off to his mother, who lavishes him with kisses.
De Bruyne began playing football in his hometown at the age of four. He quickly began playing for his hometown club, KVV Drongen, where his football abilities drew national attention. After two years at KVV Drongen, he transferred to the Gent youth system, where he only visited his family on weekends. As a result, De Bruyne learned to fend for himself.
Due to the unpopularity of the then-current footballers, who were continually putting up poor performances, he was considered as one of the new youngsters who would solidify the country’s status in the football world at Gent.
As his football career progressed, De Bruyne survived on the little money he earned and was frequently visited by his grandmother, who was concerned about the young De Bruyne being away from his family.
At Gent, De Bruynes once admitted that his favourite club was Liverpool.
Kevin De Bruyne Net Worth
Kevin De Bruyne is a $60 million net worth Belgian professional soccer player. His current salary is $20 million per year. He has endorsement contracts with sports brands like EA Sports, Nike, and Orange.
De Bruyne played for Genk until 2012, when he joined the Premier League club, Chelsea. De Bruyne’s transfer cost was estimated to be about $7 million. He continued with Chelsea until 2014, when he was loaned back to Genk and Werder Bremen. He agreed to terms with Wolfsburg in January 2014 for a fee of $18 million.
Kevin De Bruyne Girlfriend and Wife
Kevin’s ex-girlfriend’s name is Caroline Lijnen. She had an affair with his Belgium teammate, Thibaut Courtois, in 2012. This is the reason for Kevin and Caroline’s breakup.
After dating since 2014, De Bruyne married Michèle Lacroix in 2017. Mason Milian and Rome De Bruyne are the couple’s sons.
Biography in Brief
|Name:||Kevin De Bruyne|
|Nick Name:||The Ginger Pele|
|Born:||28 June 1991|
|Height:||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight:||150 lbs / 70 kg|
|Country of Origin:||Belgium|
|Net Worth:||$60 Million|
|Kids – 1 Girl & 1 Boy||Mason Milian and Rome De Bruyne|
|Father||Herwig De Bruyne|
|Mother||Anna De Bruyne|
|Siblings||Stephanie De Bruyne (Sister)|
|Social Media||Twiiter – Instagram – Facebook|
Kevin De Bruyne Career
De Bruyne was promoted to Genk’s main team in 2008, but made his debut in May 2010. During the 2009/10 season, he established himself as a first-team regular and scored his first goal in February 2010. He won the Jupiler Pro League with Genk in 2010/11, scoring 5 goals and assisting on 16 others. Following a strong 2010/11 season, he scored 8 goals in 2011/12. He then agreed to join Chelsea in the English Premier League.
Chelsea announced in January 2012 that it has agreed to sign Kevin De Bruyne from Genk. He agreed to terms with the English club on a five-and-a-half-year contract for £7 million. He made his Chelsea debut in July 2012.
Bremen Werder (loan 2012–2013)
De Bruyne was then loaned to Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga for the 2012/13 season. He scored his first goal for the club in September 2012 and continued to impress throughout the season. Despite speculation that De Bruyne would be loaned out to another Bundesliga team, he was promised by then-Chelsea coach José Mourinho that he would be a part of the club’s future.
Returning to Chelsea (2013–2014)
De Bruyne sustained an injury after scoring his first goal for Chelsea in a pre-season game, but he made his competitive debut for Chelsea in the opening Premier League match of the 2013/14 season.
Wolfsburg ( 2014–2015)
Wolfsburg signed De Bruyne in January 2014 for around £18 million. In April 2014, he scored his first goal for the club and helped them win their final two Bundesliga games of the 2013/14 season. De Bruyne scored his first goal of the 2014/15 season in the Europa League in October 2014. He went on to assist Wolfsburg to finish second in the Bundesliga and win the DFB-Pokal, earning him the German Footballer of the Year title.
He began the 2015/16 season by assisting Wolfsburg to a DFL-Supercup victory over Bayern Munich. His outstanding performance drew the attention of clubs, and it was anticipated during the season that he might leave Wolfsburg.
City of Manchester (2015–present)
In August 2015, it was revealed that De Bruyne has signed a contract with Manchester City for €55 million, a club record. He made his City debut in September 2015 and also scored that month. Kevin De Bruyne was then named one of the final 23 candidates for the Ballon d’Or award.
He maintained his excellent form and was crucial in the city’s first-ever UEFA Champions League semifinal, which drew plaudits from analysts. In the 2016/17 season, he also performed admirably, assisting his team in defeating formidable opponents such as Liverpool and Barcelona.
He was back in great form in the 2017/18 season. By January 2018, his outstanding performance had earned him a contract extension that will keep him at City until 2023. He later helped City win the EFL Cup and the Premier League.
De Bruyne had 16 assists during the 2017/18 season, earning him the first-ever EPL Playmaker of the Season accolade. He was also named to the PFA Team of the Year and was named Manchester City Player of the Year.
Injuries plagued De Bruyn’s 2018/19 season. Kevin will be absent for the first three months of the season before suffering another injury in the Carabao Cup semifinal, which will keep him out for six weeks.
He went on to win the EPL’s first domestic treble with Manchester City. He scored his 50th goal for City in a Champions League match against Real Madrid in February of the 2019/20 season.
De Bruyne has represented Belgium at the U-18, U-19, and U-21 levels. In August 2010, he made his senior squad debut for Belgium. He took part in the 2014 World Cup qualifications as well as the World Cup itself. He represented Belgium at the 2016 Euros and the 2018 World Cup, where they finished third after defeating England.
Kevin De Bruyne Stats
In the English Premier League season 2021/22, he appeared in 19 games. (plus 5 as a substitute) They’ve scored 11 goals on 25 of their 42 attempts (3.72 xG). He completes 84% of his passes and averages three assists per game.
In his career, he has received 0 warnings and 0 red cards. For the 2021/22 English Premier League season, he has an Infogol Player Rating of 7.52.
Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne watches the UEFA Champions League match between Manchester City and Atlético Madrid on April 5, 2022 in Manchester, England.
In the 2021/22 season, he featured in seven Champions League matches (plus 1 as a sub). In their fourteen shots on goal, they have only scored one goal (1.31 xG). He is expected to pass 38 times each game, with an 85% completion percentage.
He has two yellow and zero red cards for a total of two yellows and zero reds. In the 2021/22 Champions League season, he has an Infogol Player Rating of 7.38.
Kevin De Bruyne Achievements
- 1x German footballer of the year
- 1x TM- Player of the season
- 3x English Champion
- 1x English FA Cup winner
- 5x English League Cup winner
- 1x German Cup winner
- 1x Belgian champion
- 1x Belgian Cup winner
- 1x German Super Cup winner
- 2x English Super Cup winner
Kevin De Bruyne Interesting Facts
Dig them roots: De Bruyne was born in Drongen, Belgium, but he was eligible to play for Burundi because his mother is Burundian!
Instead, he chose to represent the Red Devils.
Cool threads: In collaboration with clothing firm Cult Eleven, he launched his own pop-up clothing line named ‘KDB’ last year.
A part of the sales from the line is donated to the Special Olympics, an organisation with whom Kevin has worked extensively throughout his career.
Strong language skills: The midfielder is proficient in Dutch, French, and English.
Stat Attack: Last season, no one had more assists than De Bruyne, who has 27 for Wolfsburg across all competitions. With 20 Bundesliga assists, he had eight more than the player in front of him.
Earning the plaudits: He was crowned the Bundesliga’s Player of the Year for 2014/15, and he was also named to the UEFA Europa League Squad of the Season as a result of his stats.