De Bruyne began his career at Genk, where he was a regular player when they won the 2010–11 Belgian Pro League. In 2012, he joined English club Chelsea, where he was used sparingly and then loaned to Werder Bremen. He signed with Wolfsburg for £18 million in 2014, where he established himself as one of the best players in the Bundesliga and was integral in the club’s 2014–15 DFB-Pokalwin. In the summer of 2015, De Bruyne joined Manchester City for a club record £54 million. He has since won two Premier League titles, four League Cups and an FA Cup with the club. In 2017–18, he had a significant role in Manchester City’s record in becoming the only Premier League team to attain 100 points in a single season. In 2019–20, De Bruyne tied the record for most assists in a Premier League season and was awarded Player of the Season.
De Bruyne made his full international debut in 2010, and he has since earned 78 caps and scored 20 goals for Belgium. He was a member of the Belgian squads that reached the quarter-finals both at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and at UEFA Euro 2016. He represented Belgium at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, where Belgium won the third place play-off match against England, and was named in the FIFA World Cup Dream Team.
De Bruyne has been named in the IFFHS Men’s World Team three times, the UEFA Team of the Year twice, the ESM Team of the Yeartwice, the UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season three times, the France Football World XI, and the Bundesliga Team of the Year. He won the Premier League Playmaker of the Season twice, Manchester City’s Player of the Season three times, the PFA Players’ Player of the Year, the UEFA Champions League Midfielder of the Season, the Bundesliga Player of the Year, the Footballer of the Year (Germany), the Belgian Sportsman of the Year and the IFFHS World’s Best Playmaker.
On 15 December 2019 De Bruyne scored a brace in a 3–0 Premier League win over Arsenal at the Emirates. De Bruyne scored his 50th City goal in all competitions on 26 February 2020 in their 2–1 victory, coming from behind, over Real Madrid in their Champions League Round of 16 clash.
In the final Premier League match of the season, City beat Norwich City 5–0 at home. De Bruyne scored two goals and registered his 20th league assist, which equalled Thierry Henry’s record for the most assists in a season, and also won his second Playmaker of the Season award.In addition he became the first player in history to reach 20 assists in a single season in two of Europe’s top five leagues.
At the end of the season he was awarded the Premier League Player of the Season after scoring 13 goals, providing 20 assists and creating 104 chances from open play, the most for a player in any of Europe’s top five leagues since 2006.
He was also named in the PFA Team of the Year and won the PFA Player of the Year award, becoming the first ever Manchester City player to win it.