Man City’s Bruyne voted player of year by fellow pros again


LONDON — Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has been voted England’s player of the season by his fellow professionals for a second consecutive year after helping his team regain the Premier League trophy.

The Belgium international is only the third man to retain the Professional Footballers’ Association trophy after Thierry Henry in 2003 and 2004 while playing for Arsenal, and Cristiano Ronaldo in 2007 and 2008 during his Manchester United career.

De Bruyne scored 10 goals in all competitions and had 18 assists as City also won the League Cup and reached its first Champions League final which it lost to Chelsea. City teammate Phil Foden, who is 21, won the PFA’s young player of the year accolade for the first time.

Fran Kirby was voted women players’ player of the year for a second time after the Chelsea forward also collected the PFA award in 2018. Chelsea won the Women’s Super League and League Cup in the recently-completed season.

Manchester City’s 20-year-old forward Lauren Kemp was voted young player of the year for a third time.

The PFA was unable to hold an in-person awards’ ceremony for a second year due to ongoing pandemic restrictions.

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