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Top Facts about Kevin De Bruyne, the Ginger Pele

A look at the most interesting facts about Kevin de Bruyne, including his career, childhood and love life as well as his most interesting quotes.

Kevin de Bruyne

is considered by many of football greats as the best attacking midfielder in the world of football. With His creativity, class and his ability to send the final pass to his team mates, de Bruyne has achieved numerous success with Wolfsburg, Manchester City and Belgium National team. he surely is a fan favorite and many would be eager to know more on the most interesting facts about Kevin De Bruyne.

De Bruyne has been on the peak of his game in 2020. Although Manchester City failed to win any silverware in the 2019-2020 season, the Belgium ace had the best year of his career individually. His team finished the premier league as runners-up but De Bruyne's incredible 20 assists in 2019-2020  was the joint-best stats in the history of the Premier League and  tied him with Arsenal Legend, Thierry Henry.

The quality of his performances was so high that many considered him as one of the favorites to win the 2020 Ballon D'or. The Ballon D'or ceremony is now cancelled due to Covid-19 Pandemic and City was shockingly eliminated by Lyon in the quarter-finals of the 2019-2020 Champions League, yet the Belgium midfielder maestro won the award for the best player of premier league season and will probably be on the short list of the 10 best players in the world.

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All you need to know about Kevin De Bruyne

In the following article we will take a look at the most interesting facts about Kevin De Bruyne. First we present you with some of the general information about him.

General Information

  • Full Name

    : Kevin De Bruyne

  • Nicknames

    : The Ginger Pele, tumble dryer

  • Date and Place of Birth:

    28 June 1991, Drongen, Ghent, Belgium

  • Height & Weight:

    5 ft. 11 (1.81 m) /68 kg

  • Family Members

    : Herwig De Bruyne (Father), Anna De Bruyne (Mother), Stefanie De Bruyne (Sister)

  • Marital Status:


  • Wife

    : Michele Lacroix (Married in 2017)

  • Children

    : two sons (Mason Milian De Bruyne and Rome De Bruyne)

  • Jersey Number:

    Manchester City

  • Zodiac Sign

    : Cancer

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Kevin De Bruyne Birthday, Zodiac Sign and nationality

First part in our article about

facts about Kevin de Bruyne

is about his birthday. Kevin de Bruyne birthday is on 28th of June, Kevin de Bruyne zodiac sign is Cancer. He shares his birthday with many great legends in football and other fields. Some of the most important figures who were born on 28th of June are:

  • Actors and Actresses

    : John Cusack, Katie Bates

  • Directors

    : Mel Brooks 

  • Scientists:

    Elon Musk


: Fabien Barthez, 

Sergio Asenjo

Kevin De Bruyne Childhood, Birthday and Parents

Kevin De Bruyne Childhood was all about traveling and playing football. His father was a business man working in the oil industry and his mother was a petroleum engineer. One cool fact about Kevin's mother is that she was born and raised in Burundi, an east African Country.

 The story goes that Kevin's mother, Anna De Bruyne was a professional in Petroleum Engineering and spent most of her initial years in the east African country before moving to Europe after marrying with Kevin's father, Herwig. As a result of his mother's origins, Kevin was eligible for playing for Burundi national team, but eventually decided to represent Belgium.

Little Kevin used to play a lot in the garden of their home and because he would destroy a lot of plants, he was ordered to play with his weaker foot by his parents. Their disciplinary decision paid off though as the Belgium star grew up to become a rare two-footed player.

At age 11, Kevin decided on his own to study Latin for two years and then concentrate on his football career. He stuck to his plan and three years later he left his parents' home to join


's academy.

Kevin De Bruyne girlfriend, Love Life and Martial Status

The first

Kevin De Bruyne girlfriend

was Caroline Lijnen. The couple first started their intimate relationship in 2010 and went on for three years. However, the relationship had a very controversial ending as Kevin caught Caroline while cheating with his Belgium national teammate and Real Madrid Goalkeeper,

Thibou Courtois

. Kevin's relationship with Caroline ended right there but the feud between him and Courtois had just began.

De Bruyne was so furious with Courtois that he violently attacked him in one of national team's trainings. Caroline later defended herself by stating that Kevin was the one who betrayed their relationship first and famously said that Courtois gave him more in one night than Kevin had given in three years.

But that was not the end for De Bruyne's love life.

Kevin De Bruyne wife

is Michele Lacroix. In 2014 Kevin found love again with her. They had their first son, Mason Milian on March 2016 and the second child, Rome in 2018. Kevin proposed to Michele when the two were in Paris and they got married a year later, in June 2017.

Kevin De Bruyne religion

Kevin De Bruyne religion is Christianity. He is a Catholic and has stated that although he does not consider himself religious, he holds the spirituality close to his heart.

Kevin De Bruyne Net worth, Salary and Market Value

According to Kevin De Bruyne Transfermarket his current market value is at 120 million pounds. He is ranked number 3 among all players worldwide.

Kevin De Bruyne salary in the 2020-2021 season is £18 million. Kevin De Bruyne net worth is believed to be approximately £23.5 million.

Kevin De Bruyne Transfermarket stats

According to Kevin De Bruyne Transfermarket stats, he has played a total of 450 games for five clubs (Genk, Werder Bremen,


, Wolfsburg and Manchester City) scoring 104 goals and giving 100 assists. Kevin De Bruyne stats shows why he is considered among the best attacking midfielders in the world.

 On the international level, de Jong has played 74 games for the Belgium national team and has scored 19 goal. His most important goal for the national team was arguably his screamer in the 2-0 win against Brazil which sent Belgium into the 2018 World Cup semi-final.

Kevin De Bruyne Career

De Bruyne began his career at Genk and helped his team on their way to win the 2010–11 Belgian Pro League. He stayed four years with Genk and scored a total of 17 goals and made 36 assists in 113 games.

In 2012, he joined Chelsea, but was used sparingly and later was loaned to

Werder Bremen

. In total De Bruyne played only 9 games and scored one goal for Chelsea. A fact Jose Mourinho, Chelsea manager at the time is still get criticism for.

Kevin spent one season at Werder Bremen where he played 34 games, scored 10 goals and provided a further 10 assists.

He then signed with


for £18 million in 2014, where he established himself as one of the best players in the Bundesliga and was influential in the club's 2014–15 DFB-Pokal win. He was named the best player of Bundesliga at the same season. In total he scored 20 goals and provided 37 assists in 73 games.

In the summer of 2015, De Bruyne joined Manchester City for a club record £54 million. In his five year spell with the citizens, De Bruyne has proven himself as one of the best players in the world. In 2017–18, he had a significant role in Manchester City's record in becoming the only Premier League team to attain 100 points in a single season.

In 2019–20, De Bruyne tied the record for most assists in a Premier League season and was awarded

Premier's league

Player of the Season. In total he has scored 57 goals and has assisted 89 times in his 222 games for Manchester City.

Some short interesting facts about Kevin De Bruyne

In 2014, Kevin De Bruyne started his own clothing line called KDB in partnership with clothing label Cult Eleven. It is reported that a portion of the products is sent to the Special Olympics - an organization Kevin has spent a lot of time working with throughout his career.

Kevin is nicknamed "tumble dryer" by his closest friends because he replies to WhatsApp messages in a very dry manner.

The most interesting facts about Kevin De Bruyne tattoos is that unlike many of his fellow stars, Kevin de Bruyne has no tattoos on his body.

Kevin De Bruyne Height is 1.81 meters. Kevin De Bruyne position is attacking midfielder but he has played as defensive and holding midfielder too. He is mostly known to be a playmaker. Kevin De Bruyne age is 28.

Kevin De Bruyne is active in social media. Kevin De Bruyne Instagram account has around 12 Million followers.

Kevin De Bruyne's biography, 'Keep It Simple', was released in October 2014. According to his parents, he liked to keep things simple and that’s why he chose this title for his book. The book is co-authored by Raoul de Groote, but

De Bruyne

actively participated in the writing of his book, which is a detailed account of his professional and personal life.

Kevin de Bruyne is passionate about nature. He makes the most of his leisure time off walking in the country.

Kevin de Bruyne is multi-lingual and can speak four languages- Dutch, French, English and German.

Some interesting quotes from Kevin De Bruyne

One of the most amusing parts of


's article on facts about Kevin de Bruyne is a look back at his most interesting and controversial quotes about himself and other players.

On football in general:

"In the end, for me, football is still a game. Even if you are a professional, you need to have fun when you are on the field. If you don't enjoy your job, you don't have fun."

"There are always new challenges in football. You just need to adapt; otherwise, you won't fit in. And if you don't fit in, then you will have to go somewhere else."

On his style of football:

"I am used to playing in six different positions in my career, so that's not an issue for me. I have always changed positions, and I don't expect any different. It's all the same to me. It's all about the way you interpret it."

"If you do an outside spin with the ball, it's more difficult to control it, so I try to pass it in a way that allows them to take the ball quicker in their path. That way, they may have more of an advantage to score or create themselves."

"When I was little, I was always going to the goal. I've always wanted to score and create something, and I think it's always been within me to play offensively."

"When you score, it's a great feeling, but to give a great pass means it's something special for me. It's very under-rated what we do."

Kevin De Bruyne achievements

We round up our article on the top facts about Kevin de Bruyne with a list of his most notable achievements at club and international level.

With Genk:

Belgian Cup (2009-2010), Belgian Pro League (2010-2011), Belgian Super Cup (2010)

With Wolfsburg:

DFB-Pokal and DFL-Super Cup (2014-2015)

Bundesliga Player and team of the Year (2014-2015), Footballer of the Year in Germany (2015),

With Manchester City:

Uefa Champions League Semi-Finalist (2015-2016), Premier League (2017–18 and 2018–19), FA Cup (2018-2019), EFL Cup (4 times from 2015 to 2020), FA Community Shield (2019)

Manchester City Player of the Season (three times), Manchester City Player of the Season (2019), FIFA FIFPro World11 nominee (2019), UEFA Team of the Year (2 times), Premier League Playmaker of the Season (2 times), UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season (3 times), Premier League Player of the Season (2019-2020)

With Belgium:

Belgian Sportsman of the Year (2015), FIFA

World Cup

third place and FIFA World Cup Dream Team (2018)

Eredivisie Player of the Month (2 Times), Eredivisie Player of the Season, UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season, UEFA Midfielder of the Season, Dutch Football Talent of the Year, UEFA Nations League Finals Young Player of the Tournament and FIFA FIFPro World11 (all in 2018-2019)

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