EURO 2020

Belgium Boss Claims That Kevin De Bruyne is the 'Best Playmaker in the World', Ahead of Lionel Messi

Arjun Singh Devgan
Kevin De Bruyne is arguably the most important player for Belgium in Euro 2020
Kevin De Bruyne is arguably the most important player for Belgium in Euro 2020 / Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Belgium manager, Roberto Martinez has hailed Kevin De Bruyne, calling the midfielder the "best playmaker in the world" ahead of the likes of Barcelona icon, Lionel Messi and that he is a "special player".

De Bruyne is without doubt one of the best players in the world and has been his usual brilliant self in the ongoing 2020 European Championship, despite missing Belgium's first game due to injury. Martinez has insisted that he would not trade the player for anyone in the world.

"There's a very easy answer; the effect of working with Kevin closely for five years. I've only seen Cristiano from a distance and as a fan of football. Kevin De Bruyne, for me, is the best playmaker in world football at the moment," he said at a press conference.

"He's a special player who plays with his brain. I've never seen a player like him before."

The 29-year-old has been brilliant over the past couple of years for Manchester City, registering 18 assists in all competitions in the 2020/21 season, with his performances leading him to win the PFA Player of the Year award for the second time.

Messi meanwhile managed 14 assists last season, and despite top scoring in LaLiga, he could not lead Barcelona to the league title, with Atletico Madrid pipping them to the trophy.