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Pep Picks One Star Who Can Break Ronaldo & Messi's Ballon d'Or Hold

Manchester City's Pep Guardiola Picks One Star Who Can Break Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo & FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi's Ballon d'Or Hold

By Keegan Kruger - Feb 12, 2018 01:35 PM @KeeganKruger

Pep Guardiola has backed a Manchester City star to break Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's Ballon d'Or dominance.

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The Portuguese and the Argentine, who have 10 Ballon d'Or crowns between them, have dominated the awards ceremony over the past decade, but the Citizens boss believes there could soon be a new contender.

After his side's 5-1 thrashing of Leicester City on Saturday, Guardiola was asked if he thought Belgium international Kevin De Bruyne could compete with Ronaldo and Messi for the individual award.

"No doubt," Guardiola answered, according to the Daily Mirror.

"But it's not one game. It's the whole season, every three days, playing that way. Every three games.

“He knows – and everyone knows – to be there, you have to win titles, and titles and titles. Especially one. The way he plays, it's difficult to find one (better) in Europe.

"You have to be there in the latter stages. Without getting to the latter stages, you will not be nominated."

De Bruyne, himself, was gracious after the match following the praise he received, and insisted he does everything for the greater good of his club.

"I do everything to win titles with the team," the Belgian said.

"What happens after is an extra. I'm very pleased with the way everything is going for me. I'm playing this way because the team is playing this way. It makes it easier for me, it makes it easier for them. At the end, if you get an individual honour, it's beautiful.

"When I'm busy playing football, I don't care (about praise). I'm doing what I have to do. It's something you reflect on after you get something like that."

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The 26-year-old has made 37 appearances for City so far this season, scoring 11 goals and assisting a further 18 strikes.

Do you think the Belgian has what it takes to dethrone Ronaldo and Messi? Have your say in the comments section below. 


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Sbolinho The Citizen Joined: 13 Feb 2018
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Sbolinho The Citizen Feb 13, 2018 01:50 PM
EPL Player of the season...There's no doubt about that...just give us ECL,cause we already have EPL and continue with your form in Belgium then you'll be in the top 3 for Ballon d'or
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tinashe nengomasha Feb 12, 2018 09:26 PM
No i think neymar nd mbappe can challenge our great messi nd ronaldo
Viscose Joined: 13 Oct 2017
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Viscose Feb 12, 2018 08:26 PM
Neymar and Hazard will get the award before your player even challenge it
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Viscose Feb 12, 2018 08:24 PM
That De Bruyne is a good player but I am 100 %sure that you are a good coach with no vision. Can you even compare that boy to Neymar and Hazard. Come on Pep.
Pep G junior Joined: 26 Dec 2017
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Pep G junior Feb 12, 2018 06:16 PM
I agree
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Warras4phefeni Feb 12, 2018 03:33 PM
Hottest at the moment my laytie
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Atang.44 Feb 12, 2018 02:29 PM
KDB is surely becoming one of the best alongside Neymar,Mbappe n Kane to break Messi/Ronaldo dominance.
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Tshidi lerato Feb 12, 2018 01:59 PM
1 of the best kevin de bruyne i also think he's d best

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