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Sports News of Tuesday, 22 September 2020

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Liverpool legend Carragher brands De Bruyne world best after Messi and Ronaldo

- Kevin de Bruyne has been branded the best player in the world after Messi and Ronaldo

The 29-year-old has been instrumental to Man City's successes since joining them in 2015

Liverpool legend Carragher says the Belgian is the best in the world right now

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has rated the next best player in the world after the duo of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Belgian superstar was instrumental for Manchester City in their opening day victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday, September 21.

He opened scoring for the Citizens from the spot just after 20 minutes of action before Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus added theirs later in the meeting.

The 29-year-old has been a key figure for Pep Guardiola's team since he joined them from Wolfsburg in the summer of 2015 - scoring 58 goals and 90 assists in 223 games for City.

And many have branded him the best midfielder in the world and Carragher does not have a contrary opinion.

"I would say De Bruyne, when we talk about the best players in the world now, I would put him top of the second band of players behind Messi and Ronaldo," Carragher said during an appearance on Sky Sports.

"I would put him top of that list, if you said to me who would I want in my team - it would be Kevin De Bruyne."

The Belgian grabbed a goal and an assist against last season's surprise package, which prompted Carragher to say: "The numbers he gets with assists and goals, he's a manager's dream.

"He can play in the [no.]10 position, right of a three, and Roberto Martinez plays him central midfield for Belgium.

"I think he's had great longevity in his career because I still think he'll have the ability to play that deep role, maybe when his legs go a little bit because he's got a great engine.

"But his passing ability is as good as anything we've ever seen in the Premier League. And he can play that role when he's in his mid-thirties not a problem."

De Bruyne and his City team-mates will be back in action on Thursday night, welcoming Championship side Bournemouth to the Etihad in the third round of the Carabao Cup.

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