Mateo Kovacic Names Man City Star That Deserves Ballon d’Or

Manchester City midfielder Mateo Kovacic claims that his teammate, Kevin De Bruyne deserves to have at least a Ballon D’or award to his name. The Croatian said without a doubt, De Bruyne has been one of the best players for many years.

Mateo Kovacic

Kovacic who joined Manchester City last summer from Chelsea was on score sheet as City defeated Luton Town 6-2 to secure their place in the Emirate FA Cup quarter-final. And the game was one of the matches that showed the qualities of Kevin De Bruyne.

The Belgian provided a stellar performance by assisting four of Erling Haaland’s five goals to increase his assists to 11 in just 12 matches this campaign. The midfielder despite missing the first half of the campaign becomes the highest assist provider for Manchester City this season closely followed by Phil Foden with 10 assists in 37 games and Julian Alvarez with the same number in 35 matches.

As De Bruyne continues to justify why he’s been regarded as one of the best midfielders in the world, Mateo Kovacic believes that he deserves to be named the best player in the world by winning the prestigious Ballon d’Or award.

“Kevin is amazing and a player who deserves to have a Ballon d’Or,” said Kovacic. “He’s playing amazing and for so many years. An amazing player, an amazing guy and very happy to have him with us.”

The Croatian who could once again start alongside De Bruyne during the forthcoming Manchester derby on Sunday said he’s expecting a difficult match when they host the Red Devils at the Etihad.

“We expect a tough opponent and a tough game, as always,” said Mateo Kovacic ahead derby match “We will be ready for them. We have a few days to prepare and recover. I hope we can get the win at home.

“The schedule is intense, but we are used to it,” he added when asked about City’s packed fixture calendar. “They are always tough and intense games in the Premier League. It’s normal and we are prepared.”

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