ENGLAND – Former Liverpool defender, Jamie Carragher, has identified Manchester City playmaker, Kevin de Bruyne, as among the three best players in the world, behind Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Carragher stated this after De Bruyne helped Man City to beat Wolves 3-1 in the Premier League on Monday night at Molineux.
Goals from De Bruyne, Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus gave City all three points against Wolves.
“I would say De Bruyne when we talk about the best players in the world now, I would put him top of the second band of players behind Messi and Ronaldo,” Carragher told Sky Sports.
“I would put him top of that list, if you said to me who I would want in my team – it would be Kevin De Bruyne.”
Carragher added: “The numbers he gets with assists and goals, he’s a manager’s dream.
“He can play in the [no.]10 position, right of a three, and Roberto Martinez plays him in the central midfield for Belgium.
“I think he’s had a great longevity in his career because I still think he’ll have the ability to play that deep role, maybe when his legs go a little bit because he’s got a great engine.
“But his passing ability is as good as anything we’ve ever seen in the Premier League. And he can play that role when he’s in his mid-thirties, not a problem.”
De Bruyne joined Man City from Wolfsburg in the summer of 2015.
The 29-year-old has scored 50 goals and provided 90 assists in 223 appearances for Pep Guardiola’s side.
The Belgium international will hope to lead Man City to victory when they take on Bournemouth on Thursday night in the third round of the Carabao Cup fixture.