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5 things you didn't know about Kevin De Bruyne

5 little-known facts about football's hottest property.

Top 5 / Top 10 29 Nov 2017, 00:01 IST

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Kevin De Bruyne

Bullish mindset, bucket loads of chutzpah, inexorable consistency and Pep Guardiola have transformed a Chelsea discard into Premier League's latest fetish.

Kevin De Bruyne's turnaround has been nothing short of awe-inspiring, to say the least.

Blessed with stupendous playmaking skills and an analytical mind, the winger, during the last 10 weeks, has really established himself as the best midfielder in Europe right now.

The 26-year-old's strike in Manchester City's 2-0 win over Leicester City, earlier this month, was his 50th in 76 appearances, quicker than any other midfielder in the history of the Premier League.

With 20 assists and four goals in all competitions this season, De Bruyne is the best footballer in England, according to his Belgian teammate Eden Hazard.

Now, let's get to know five little-known facts about football's hot property - Kevin De Bruyne.

#1 KDB could have played for Burundi

Although De Bruyne was born in Drongen, Belgium, his roots can be traced back to the Republic of Burundi, a landlocked country in the Great Lakes region of Africa.

Anna De Bruyne, Kevin's mother, a professional in Petroleum Engineering, was born in Burundi and spent most of her initial years in the east African country before moving to Europe after her marriage with Herwig.

Anna also lived in Ealing, West London, because of her father’s job in the oil industry. Owing to his lineage, De Bruyne was eligible to play for Burundi but he opted to represent the Red Devils instead.

The midfielder is multilingual and is fluent in Dutch, French, German and English.

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