Kevin De Bruyne is a Belgian professional football player. He was born on 28 June 1991 in Drongen, Ghent, Belgium. He mainly plays the role of a midfielder and is currently playing for Manchester City and the Belgian national team. He has earned over 50 caps for Belgium
De Bruyne began his career at KVV Drongen in 1997 as a six year old boy. After playing there for two years, he joined Gent in 1999.
De Bruyne started with Belgium U18 in 2008 when he debuted for them in Nov 19, 2008 and scored one goal in seven matches then in 2009 he moved to Belgium U19. He debuted for the U19 in May 11, 2009 and scored 1 goal in 10 matches for them. In 2010, he moved to Belgium U21 and went scoreless in both of the two matches he played.
He made his senior debut for the Belgian national team on 11 August 2010 in an international friendly match against Finland held in Turku which was a 1–0 loss for Belgium.
Rise to glory
De Bruyne scored four goals in the 2014 FIFA World Cup UEFA Group A qualification campaign and thus helped the Red Devils to qualify for their first major tournament in 12 years.
His performance won him a place in the 2014 FIFA World Cup on 13 May 2014. In the very first game of the tournament which was played against Algeria in Belo Horizonte, De Bruyne assisted Marouane Fellaini's equaliser and was really good at that to be named man of the match. In the round of 16, De Bruyne scored Belgium's opening goal and thus helped them post a 2–1 win against the United States.
De Bruyne scored twice on 10 October 2014 in a 6–0 win over Andorra in UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match. This was a record done earlier only once back in 1986.
De Bruyne was transferred to KRC Genk senior team on July 1, 2008; prior to that he had played in their youth squad from July 1, 2005 to July 1, 2006, U-17 squad from July 1, 2006 to July 1, 2007 and finally in the U-19 squad from July 1, 2007 to July 1, 2008.
He debuted for KRC Genk senior team by playing in a 3–0 loss at Charleroi in his debut for them on 9 May 2009. On 7th February 2010, De Bruyne scored his first goal for the club in a match played against Standard Liège. He scored 16 goals in 97 matches he played for the club.
On Jan 31, De 2012 Bruyne was transferred to Chelsea for a fee of £7.2 million. It was a five-and-a-half-year contract. On February 1, 2012, he was loaned to his old team KRC Genk. The loan period ended on June 30, 2012. He was then loaned to Werder Bremen on August 2, 2012 for a loan fee of £405k. The loan period ended on June 30, 2013.
He was transferred to VfL Wolfsburg on January 18, 2014 for a fee of £18 million and on 25 January 2014 he made his debut for them. On 30 August 2015, he was transferred to Manchester City on a six-year contract worth £68.40 million.
Manchester City paid €75 million for De Bruyne for a reported fee of £55 million (€75 million) making him the second most expensive transfer in British football history, at that time.