Manchester City midfielder De Bruyne revealed that his idol when he was young was England striker Irving.
"When I was very young, the idol was Michael Owen," De Bruyne said at the UEFA awards ceremony. "At that time I played forward, so the position was similar. When I became a midfielder, I just I like football, but there is no one I admire anymore."
De Bruyne was named UEFA Midfielder of the Year in the vote of fellow players. He said that this is a great honor. "This is really good because you are competing with the best players in the world and in the Champions League. In a sense, I think my greatest asset is my brain. As a midfielder, you must always think and One step ahead of the game. I try to find the space we can use to put teammates in the best position to score."