Kevin De Bruyne is a right footed professional footballer from Belgium. Born on the 28th June, 1991 in Drongen Belgium, Kevin De Bruyne has grown to become the delight of many football (Soccer) lovers across the world. His effective dribbling, passing, shooting and execution skills have distinguished him in the competitive global football stage. Being a golden child whose football talent was never hidden right from childhood, Kevin grew not to disappoint the huge expectations vested on him by his country and the media who gave him a massive coverage as a child. As an attacking midfielder, he has helped his home country Belgium and his current club, Manchester City to an enviable height. He is a selfless player who understands his role and engenders the team work spirit in the field of play. He is what many football pundits would call a complete footballer! You can be rest assured of surprises whenever he is playing.
THE EARLY LIFE OF KEVIN DE BRUYNE
Kevin was born to Herwig De Bruyne and Anna De Bruyne in 1991. He traveled a lot as a child visiting England and Africa. His Mom’s parents resided in Ealing, England so he would usually go for a visit. Kevin’s Mom Anna De Bruyne was born in Burundi in Africa and also lived in Ivory Coast where her father had a thriving business in the oil industry, so Kevin and his Mom would usually go for holidays in Africa.
Kevin De Bruyne started playing football in his hometown Drongen at age 4 at KVV Drongen. In 1999 he moved to Gent. He stayed at Gent for 6 years before moving to Genk in 2005. While in Genk’s youth club academy, his performance caught the attention of lovers of football and the media. In fact he was predicted by Belgian media to be one of the young players who would grow to spearhead and bring glory to Belgian national team. Kevin may have consolidated this prediction as his role in the 2018 World Cup led Belgium to the third place victory.
While he was 14 years old and played for Genk youth academy, he was separated from his family and only saw them on weekends. He had to learn quickly how to live independently managing himself and the little money he was paid.
Not only did Kevin impress the press and his fans, his dedication and quintessential skill earned him a promotion from Genk’s youth team to the first team line-up in 2008.
Having been promoted to Genk’s first team squad, Kevin De Bruyne made his first appearance in 2009 where his club played against Sporting Charleroi and secured all three points. His performance was good and earned him more playing time throughout the season.
In 2010-2011 season, Kevin made 32 appearances for his team scoring 5 goals with 16 assists. In this season, Genk ended up winning the Belgium Pro league.
He got signed to the English premier league club Chelsea in 2012 following orders from the owner of the club Roman Abramovich for a fee revolving around £7 million. Kevin was just 20 years at this time. Unfortunately, he was rarely used and was not given time to shine. The club thought he still needed more development and didn’t enlist him in their first team squad and subsequently loaned him to Werder Bremen where his scoring ability came back to life and his form greatly improved.
After returning to Chelsea from a long season loan, many would have thought that this young talented player would be given a chance considering his contributions in Werder Bremen during his loan period, but that never happened. He only made 3 appearances in Chelsea with no Premier league goal and one assist. His only goal for Chelsea was against Malaysia IX in a pre-season friendly game. His assist came in Chelsea’s 2013-2014 premier league season opening game against Hull City where they ended up winning Hull with 2 nil.
In 2014, he was sold to Wolfsburg for £18. It was in Wolfsburg that his football career took a new turn leading to him being named Footballer of the Year in Germany in 2015. His performance thrilled the world and caught the attention of many clubs, and finally he was signed by Manchester City in that same year for humongous £54 million seconding Angel Di Maria who was the most expensive signing in the British football history with £59.7 million deal to Manchester United in 2014 as at then.
His signing was announced by Manchester City on the 30th of August 2015. His contract was for 6 years.
In Manchester City the career of Kevin De Bruyne has bolstered. He’s grown from strength to strength with many goals to show for it. He has become a key ingredient in Manchester City’s first team squad to the point that when he is missing in the team, the vacuum that his absence creates becomes very visible. So far he has made 149 appearances for Manchester City in Premier league and has scored 31 goals.
One of the things that cannot be overemphasized is the confidence his country has bestowed on him which is evident in how they’ve constantly involved him in their national team since 2010. Even during his trying times, they still believed in him and always gave him a chance. Little wonder why Kevin is devoted to his National team and has in recent times played a major role in the success of the team. With 74 appearances and 19 goals so far, he has sure done well for his country with more to be done in the future.
KEVIN DE BRUYNE’S FAMILY
His father Herwig De Bruyne is a shrewd businessman who has also demonstrated his prowess in the management of Kevin’s career outside the pitch.
His Mom Anna De Bruyne is a Petrochemical engineering professional taken after his father who was an oil mogul and had businesses both in Burundi and Ivory Coast.
Kevin De Bruyne has one sibling and her name is Stefanie De Bruyne.
Kevin De Bruyne dated his ex-girlfriend Caroline Lijnen for 3 years until the relationship crashed in 2014. The relationship which was further marred after his close friend Thibaut Courtois slept with Caroline Lijnen.
This situation in many ways could be described as revenge to Kevin De Bruyne after he slept with his ex-girlfriend’s best friend according to Caroline Lijnen who said she went on to cheat on Kevin with his best friend (Thibaut Courtois) after finding out that he(Kevin) slept with her own best friend. Caroline did not regret her actions as she said that the emotional fulfillment that Courtois gave her in one night was way more than what Kevin ever gave her in their 3 years relationship run.
Though hurting, Kevin did not allow that to weigh him down and in the same year met Michele Lacroix whom he would marry 3 years later. He dated Michele for 3 years and being satisfied that she was the woman of her dreams he took her to the altar in June 2017. Kevin has always demonstrated how happy and proud he is to have Michele in her life by always displaying his love for her before the crowd.
Kevin’s parents are solidly behind him in his relationship decision and marriage with Michele Lacroix. In fact Mrs. Anna De Bruyne and Michele Lacroix were already best friends before Kevin finally married her in 2017. Their friendship can be validated by several times both of them have been seen watching Kevin De Bruyne play.
Their union is blessed with two boys; Mason Milian De Bruyne and Rome De Bruyne born on March 10, 2016 and October 31st respectively
In his 12 years professional football career, Kevin De Bruyne, has played in three different leagues and has won more than 10 individual and club side honours
He won Belgian cup (2008-09), Belgian Pro League(2010-11) and Belgian Super Cup in 2011 with Genk
While in Wolfsburg, he won DFB Pokal(2014-2015) and DFL Super cup in 2015.
While also in Germany he was named Bundesliga Young Player of the Year: 2012/13 and Bundesliga Player of the Year: 2014/15
In Manchester City, he won EFL Cup 2015-2016, 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20 and Premier league in 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 league seasons. He also won FA Cup 2018-19 and FA Community Shield (2019) with Manchester City.
His individual football career awards includes;UEFA Europa League Squad of the Season: 2014–15,France Football World XI: 2015,Belgian Sportsman of the Year: 2015,Manchester City Player of the Year: 2015/16, 2017/18 ,FIFA FIFPro World11 2nd team: 2018,FIFA FIFPro World11 3rd team: 2016,FIFA FIFPro World11 nominee: 2019 (8th midfielder) ,IFFHS Men’s World Team: 2017, 2019,UEFA Team of the Year: 2017, 2019,PFA Team of the Year: 2017/18 Premier League,Premier League Playmaker of the Season: 2017/18, UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season: 2017/18, 2018/19,EA Sports FIFA Team of the Year: 2018, 2019,FIFA World Cup Dream Team: 2018, and Premier League Goal of the Month: November 2019
Kevin De Bruyne also won 2018 FIFA World Cup third place with his country Belgium in Russia.
When it comes to giving and supporting the good cause, Kevin De Bruyne is one of the players that will make the list. Being an Ambassador of Special Olympics, he has made huge donations more than any footballer or sportsman has ever done. He became Special Olympics Ambassador in 2014.
At 28 years, KDB is the highest paid player at Manchester City with a weekly wage of £350, 000 and annual salary of £18,200,000. He also owns a clothing line called KDB which partners with the clothing label Cult Eleven. Kevin’s estimated net worth is around £30 million