Manchester Metropolis ace Kevin De Bruyne has been named the second finest participant on the earth in a brand new ballot.
Soccer web site Objective has printed an inventory of the 50 high gamers on the planet.
It options 25 male and 25 feminine gamers and was put collectively after a “world vote” based mostly on their performances within the 2019-20 season.
Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes options because the 22nd finest male footballer.
Six Liverpool gamers make the listing – Jordan Henderson, Mo Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Thiago Alcantara, Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk.
However De Bruyne is the highest-ranked English-based star – additionally coming forward of the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Metropolis midfielder was solely pipped to the highest spot by Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.
“No one might have achieved greater than the silky-skilled attacking midfielder to take Metropolis the place they wish to go,” mentioned Objective.
“Liverpool might have been topped champions of England, however De Bruyne was the perfect participant within the Premier League final season, with the 29-year-old not solely scoring 13 objectives but in addition racking up a record-equalling 20 assists.
“Metropolis might have missed out on Messi through the summer season break, however so long as De Bruyne stays match, Pep Guardiola’s facet can proceed to dream of lastly ending their quest for European glory this time period.”
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On the inclusion of Fernandes, they mentioned: “The Portugal worldwide had arrived at Previous Trafford from Sporting CP for €55 million (£49m/$65m), so the strain was very a lot on the attacking midfielder to carry out. It by no means confirmed, although.
“Fernandes made an immediate affect at United, including a complete new dimension to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s facet, who ended up securing a return to the Champions League and reaching the Europa League semi-finals thanks in no small half to his 12 objectives and eight assists in simply 22 video games in all competitions.”
Former United striker Romelu Lukaku – now at Inter Milan – was voted 15th finest male participant.
On the feminine facet, Man Metropolis’s Lucy Bronze got here in third, behind Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema (second) and Pernille Tougher of Chelsea (first).
You’ll be able to see the complete listing right here.