Kevin De Bruyne was the controversial winner of the latest PFA Men’s Players’ Player of the Year award.
With football fans waiting in anticipation to find out whether Ruben Dias or Harry Kane would take home the prestigious prize, there was a collective double-take when neither of them triumphed.
Instead, De Bruyne was unveiled as only the third man in history to retain the PFA prize, following in the footsteps of Cristiano Ronaldo and Thierry Henry despite his season being blighted with injuries.
De Bruyne takes PFA Award
Now, it’s important to highlight that De Bruyne did indeed enjoy a fantastic campaign because six goals and 14 assists from just 23 Premier League starts is a brilliant return.
But the qualms of so many supporters are in the fact that De Bruyne’s stunning season doesn’t quite reach the heights of Kane and Dias, which is certainly a fair point to raise.
However, given that the triumvirate of contenders are a centre-back, central midfielder and striker respectively, you’re always going to have a tough time making direct comparisons between them.
De Bruyne vs Fernandes stats
As such, here at GIVEMESPORT, we wanted to do some digging into how De Bruyne’s 2020/21 contrasts with one of his fellow midfield nominees: Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United.
They are, of course, by no means a like-for-like duo, but there’s no denying that their roles across the Manchester battle-lines are very similar and they both enjoyed impressive 2020/21 campaigns.
But which of them comes out on top? Well, that’s where the official Premier League stats comparison tool comes in, leaving no stone unturned as to which midfield wizard rules them all.
So, without further ado, sink your knife and fork into the data by checking out whether Fernandes or De Bruyne shone brightest in the Premier League over the last nine months down below: