Kevin De Bruyne Or Bruno Fernandes? Who is the better player?

The most dominant force in midfield with little competition from other players is losing his ruling position. Kevin De Bruyne has been the best midfielder in the past few years who dominated the Premier League consistently. Only Mesut Ozil came close to De Bruyne giving him a tough competition and since his departure, there has been no other player matching his numbers.

Every hero has to fight for his position or fall to someone new. It looks like the time has come for De Brune as Bruno Fernandes is worthy of being his rival. In a very short time, he has provided Manchester United with better numbers than De Bruyne in his initial seasons.

Despite Bruno’s great run, it is unclear whether that makes him the better player. Let us compare both these players based on these criteria.

1: Personal Stats

Man United got their second-best present from Sporting CP after Cristiano Ronaldo in the name of Bruno Fernandes. It is difficult for any player to shift to the Premier League and make a name for himself consistently. 

Despite playing for the two big clubs of Manchester both of them have managed to be the main man of their team. In order to compare any midfielder the best way is to compare them on their numbers. To make this fair we will use their best season stats.

Personal Statistics Of De Bruyne and Bruno Fernandes:

Kevin De Bruyne Or Bruno Fernandes? Who is the better player?

One of the best things about De Bruyne that made him better than other midfielders was that he was the best midfielder when it comes to scoring too but now Bruno is quickly following up with his statistics and maybe in future he may have better stats than the Belgian wizard. The ex Sporting player managed to score 18 goals last season which is a lot considering he plays in midfield. Bruno has another advantage against De Bruyne as he is 3 years younger than him. The addition of Cristiano will enhance his G/A in the coming season.

Kevin De Bruyne Or Bruno Fernandes? Who is the better player?

Despite all these things De Bruyne has maintained the top level of football with his amazing dribbling and passing skills. It is a tough fight as both of them are pretty close to one another. One is better in front of the goal and the other is better at making balls that convert to goals. However, Bruno is slightly ahead of De Bruyne as he has 3 more years to fill in these numbers and that he can do comfortably.

Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes wins in this category.

2: Titles

The dominance of Manchester City in recent times has been strong with players like De Bruyne and a mentor like Pep Guardiola. The trophy cabinet of Kevin will be bigger than Bruni as he won many titles while playing with Manchester City. The player has lifted around 15 titles including 3 Premier League titles and The FA Cup. Some English Football pundits believe that Kevin is the reason behind the enormous success of Manchester City. 

Meanwhile, Bruno lifted most of his titles in the heart of Portugal when he played for Sporting CP. He got close to winning the Europa League but unfortunately, it didn’t happen. However, he won the Portuguese League and 3x League Cup with Sporting Lisbon. 

In terms of lifting titles, De Bruyne is way ahead of Bruno.

3: International Career

The current Portugal team revolvs around Cristiano Ronaldo, Bernardo Silva and Bruno Fernandes. These 3 players contributed greatly to their team in the little success they experienced in recent years. He won the UEFA Nations League with

The Belgium team always looks threatening but they did not win anything with Kevin De Bruyne. Despite having talent winning an international trophy is difficult for Belgium. The midfield maestro did not win anything with his country. He started his international journey in 2010 much early compared to Bruno Fernandes.

The Portuguese player gets a close win against De Bruyne.

4: Individual Honours

According to many people, the best way to compare midfielders is to analyze their individual victories. In the case of these two players, the list of honours is long with great efforts by both of them to win these titles.

Individual Honours Of Bruno Fernandes:

  • Primeira Liga Player of the Year: 2017–18, 2018–19
  • Primeira Liga Team of the Year: 2017–18, 2018–19
  • UEFA Europa League Squad of the Season: 2017–18, 2019–20, 2020–21
  • Sporting CP Footballer of the Year: 2018, 2019
  • CNID Footballer of the Year: 2019
  • UEFA Nations League Finals Team of the Tournament: 2019
  • PFA Premier League Team of the Year: 2020–21
  • Premier League Player of the Month: February 2020, June 2020, November 2020, December 2020
  • UEFA Europa League top scorer: 2019–20 (8 goals)
  • Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year: 2019–20, 2020–21
  • Manchester United Goal of the Season: 2020–21 (vs. Everton, 6 February 2021)
  • FSA Men’s Player of the Year Award: 2020
  • ESM Team of the Year: 2020–21

Individual Honours Of Kevin De Bruyne:

  • Bundesliga Young Player of the Year: 2012–13
  • Bundesliga Player of the Year: 2014–15
  • Bundesliga Team of the Year: 2014–15
  • UEFA Europa League Squad of the Season: 2014–15
  • Footballer of the Year (Germany): 2015
  • Manchester City Player of the Season: 2015–16, 2017–18,2019–20
  • Manchester City Goal of the Season: 2019–20
  • FIFA FIFPro World11: 2020
  • IFFHS Men’s World Team: 2017,2019, 2020
  • UEFA Team of the Year: 2017, 2019, 2020
  • ESM Team of the Year: 2017–18, 2019–20, 2020–21
  • PFA Premier League Team of the Year: 2017–18, 2019–20, 2020–21
  • Premier League Playmaker of the Season: 2017–18, 2019–20
  • UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season: 2017–18, 2018–19, 2019–20, 2020–21
  • FIFA World Cup Dream Team: 2018
  • Premier League Player of the Season: 2019–20
  • PFA Players’ Player of the Year: 2019–20, 2020–21
  • UEFA Champions League Midfielder of the Season: 2019–20
  • IFFHS World’s Best Playmaker: 2020
  • IFFHS UEFA Team of the Decade: 2011–2020

There is no fight between them when it comes to getting awards with their name on them. Kevin De Bruyne is clear.

Is De Bruyne better than Bruno Fernandes?

Man United’s star signing Bruno Fernandes is an outstanding and very talented player who knows how to work the ball easily. The player always manages to get in a position where either he can score himself or pass it to the striker making space for him to score. All these qualities have made him the best midfielder inside Manchester Utd even ahead of Paul Pogba.

On the other hand, Kevin De Bruyne has entered that level of football which makes him get the legendary status. The main thing about being a footballer is being consistent. He has proved himself in the Premier League for a long time and now he has his names in the list of Gerrard, Hazard, Henry, Cristiano and Messi.

We have to agree that Bruno is a great player but he still haven’t reached the level of Kevin De Bruyne. Our Belgian Maestro wins in this comparison.





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