Kevin De Bruyne is one of the most complete players in world football and so the Belgian was in a very good position to pick his ‘Perfect Player’ with BT Sport as part of a new series.
The Manchester City man merged the attributes of six players, including himself and two of his teammates, and we’re well onboard with the choices that ‘KDB’ has come up with.
The first trait was leadership and it was an instant response from De Bruyne – he simply had to pick his club and international skipper Vincent Kompany.
“Leaders aren’t there in specific moments, they are there all the time,’ De Bruyne explained.
“I see what he does on and off the pitch for club and country. He does a magnificent job, he is probably one of the best leaders in the world.”
He then selected Christian Eriksen for vision, showering praise on the Dane ahead of three encounters between Spurs and City this month.
Mentality was also another quality he had to address and the former Chelsea man singled out expert shithouse and serial winner Sergio Ramos: “He just does everything to get the team fired up. Even taking a red card to win the game.”
De Bruyne felt it was only right he picked himself for football brain – something he’s pretty happy with – and he quickly opted for the electric Leroy Sane when it came down to speed.
“I would take Leroy, just because of his elegance, you know?” he replied.
“He could be like a hundred metre runner and it wouldn’t cost him any effort.”
Last but not least, the 27-year old was asked to come up with a player with the best work-rate and it was perhaps his easiest call. “Defensive Hoover” N’Golo Kante was the choice.
“The things that he does, he’s incredible at them,” De Bruyne said of the World Cup winner.
“He’s a defensive hoover, he is always in the right place for his team.”
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