The Belgian international became the third player to win the PFA Player of the Year award twice in a row, alongside Arsenal’s Thierry Henry and Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo.
De Bruyne scored 10 goals in all competitions and provided 18 assists in a City campaign in which he also managed to win the League Cup and reach the Champions League final, which they lost to Chelsea. 21-year-old City teammate Phil Foden also won the PFA Young Player of the Season award for the 2020-21 season.
Chelsea striker Fran Kirby was named Footballer of the Year by the England Football Critics Association on Friday, becoming the first player to win the award twice, and was the first to win the award in 2018. Chelsea won the Women’s Premier League and League Cup in the recently concluded season.
20-year-old Manchester City striker Lauren Kemp was also named Young Player of the Year for the third time.
The PFLP was unable to hold the award ceremony for the second year due to ongoing pandemic restrictions.