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What Kevin de Bruyne needs to accomplish to win the Ballon d'Or

12 February 2018, 05:35 | Joan Schultz

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While English Premier League fans are singing Sergio Aguero's praises for scoring four goals against Leicester City, it is another player who the enthusiasts should be chanting his name: Mohamed Salah.

"Sometimes things come off", De Bruyne said modestly. The Ligue 1 club came very close to signing him back in 2015 when De Bruyne made a decision to leave Wolfsburg.

This season, however, has seen Kevin De Bruyne hit another impossible to reach level, which has led to comparisons to five-time Ballon d'Or victor Lionel Messi.

It was the 12th hat-trick of a wonderful City career for Aguero, who had to reclaim the ball from a mischievous De Bruyne at the end, and the third time he has scored four or more goals in one game. With the choirboy looks and understated nature, perhaps De Bruyne might not be sexy enough, and typically he preferred to focus on City's collective efforts when asked about the accolade. Considering Messi and Ronaldo's failure to win a World Cup, a victory in Russian Federation would surely make de Bruyne stand out. Belgium have a better team this year than they ever had in the past, with a starting eleven featuring Premier League superstars Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, and Toby Alderweireld.

Teammate Sergio Aguero scored four second-half goals against Leicester, including a thunderous injury-time strike. They illustrate his versatility and Guardiola highlighted it by reeling off the positions De Bruyne can play: winger, attacking midfielder, holding midfielder.

The man himself was typically relaxed about the prospect of being recognised as the greatest player on the planet.

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But he pops up everywhere - on the wings, in support of the striker, on set pieces - and possibly has the best delivery ever seen in the Premier League.

However, Aguero took centre stage with a finishing masterclass to take his tally in City's last seven home games to 14 goals as Guardiola's side moved 16 points clear.

"At the end, if you get an individual honor, it is lovely", he said.

'I do everything to win titles with the team.

The capital of Ukraine plays host to this year's Champions League final, where the forward will be hoping to win the biggest trophy in club football for a fourth time.

"I also do not exclude Real Madrid in terms of quality and experience, even though they have not yet achieved the expected results".

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