English Premiership

De Bruyne: Messi, Ronaldo score ten times more than me

2018-03-23 12:38
Kevin De Bruyne.(Getty Images)

Cape Town - Manchester City play-maker Kevin de Bruyne insists it's impossible to compare him to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo because they fulfill different roles.

The Belgian midfielder has drawn widespread acclaim with his consistent, high-quality performances for Pep Guardiola's team this season, with some going as far as comparing him to Europe's elite.

De Bruyne has racked up 11 goals and 19 assists across all competitions this season, despite often playing as a deep-lying play-maker, and is considered to be one of the top players in the Premier League, if not the best.

However, the 26-year-old doesn't believe it's realistic to compare him with Messi and Ronaldo, who have scored 35 and 37 goals respectively this season.

De Bruyne told Het Belang van Limburg: "It is impossible to compare me with them. Our positions are completely different.

"They are much higher on the pitch and score ten times more than me.

"If I make 10 in a season, they score 100. But then I have other tasks on the pitch."

Guardiola believes it would be difficult to find another player like De Bruyne. He said, according to Goal: "He is not playing like this in just one game. It’s the whole season - every three days - playing that way.

"The way he’s played it’s difficult to find one [like it] in Europe."

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Fixtures
Saturday, 21 September 2019
Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur, King Power Stadium 13:30
Manchester City v Watford, Etihad Stadium 16:00
Everton v Sheffield United, Goodison Park 16:00
Burnley v Norwich City, Turf Moor 16:00
Newcastle United v Brighton & Hove Albion, St. James' Park 18:30
Sunday, 22 September 2019
West Ham United v Manchester United, London Stadium 15:00
Crystal Palace v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Selhurst Park 15:00
Arsenal v Aston Villa, Emirates Stadium 17:30
Chelsea v Liverpool, Stamford Bridge 17:30
Saturday, 28 September 2019
Sheffield United v Liverpool, Bramall Lane 13:30
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Watford, Molineux Stadium 16:00
Crystal Palace v Norwich City, Selhurst Park 16:00
Chelsea v Brighton & Hove Albion, Stamford Bridge 16:00
Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium 16:00
Aston Villa v Burnley, Villa Park 16:00
AFC Bournemouth v West Ham United, Vitality Stadium 16:00
Everton v Manchester City, Goodison Park 18:30
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

And the 2019/20 English Premiership champions will be ... ?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.