Guardiola backs De Bruyne for Ballon d'Or

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De Bruyne has caught the eye of fans across the Premier League this season and continued his fine form over the weekend with a hat-trick of assists against Leicester City. Speaking after City's 5-1 demolition of Leicester City Guardiola responded positively to questions about the possibility of his Belgian star one day winning the Ballon D'or and claimed that the only obstacle in his way was winning titles, as quoted by Sky Sports.

With his handful of goals yesterday, it meant that Aguero has now scored at least 20 league goals in each of the past four Premier League seasons, undoubtedly signalling him as one of the best to have graced English football.

But if Guardiola's side can defy the odds and bring the famous Champions League trophy back to the Etihad, and if De Bruyne can maintain his form, he could very well be the next Ballon d'Or victor.

It will take a truly inspired year-long performance from any player to steal the Ballon d'Or from Messi or Ronaldo, who, combined, have won it every year since 2008.

De Bruyne has scored 11 goals and provided 18 assists across all competitions for Manchester City this season, helping them establish a 16-point lead atop the league table.

"But he knows and everyone knows, to be there you have to win titles - and titles and titles, especially one".

"You have to be there [in the Champions League] to win and if you are not there in the latter stages you will not be nominated".

"No doubt", Guardiola stated when asked if De Bruyne is capable of breaking Messi and Ronaldo's stranglehold.

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"It doesn't matter which team, in the Champions League the bad moments are always going to happen over 180 minutes".

Kane towered above the Arsenal defence to head home his 32nd goal of the season four minutes into the second half, as only some wayward finishing and stunning goalkeeping from Petr Cech saved the visitors from further embarrassment in front of a Premier League record crowd of 83,222 at Wembley. What happens after is an extra, ' he said in response to Guardiola's comments.

Yet it was Kevin De Bruyne who stole the show and bossed the game.

"I am very lucky because most of the goals come from his assists - I just have to hit the ball. If we are able to win the title it will be something special for us". I'm playing this way because the team is playing this way. It makes it easier for me; it makes it easier for them.

But the midfielder is not focused on individual honours.

City trailed the Germans, managed by Pep Guardiola at the time, 2-1 with Aguero scoring two more goals in the final five minutes to turn it around and secure a famous 3-2 victory.

"If this man does not win Footballer of the Year then there is something very wrong with the way we reward our best players". Riyad came back, and he is an important player.

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