Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne was given the English Premier League Player of the Season title on Sunday, as he became the third Belgian to win the award for the league's top performer.

The 29-year-old set up 20 goals in the 2019-20 season as he equaled the record for the most number of assists in a Premier League season that was set by former Arsenal footballer Thierry Henry in 2002-03.

Kevin De Bruyne EPL Player of the Season

Kevin De Bruyne
De Bruyne has been in phenomenal form for City this season Reuters

He also scored a personal best 13 goals but was unable to help City defend their top-flight crown, with Pep Guardiola's side finishing 18 points behind champions Liverpool. De Bruyne beat Liverpool trio Jordan Henderson, Sadio Mane and Trent Alexander-Arnold, Southampton striker Danny Ings, Leicester City's Golden Boot winner Jamie Vardy and Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope to the award.

De Bruyne's former City teammate Vincent Kompany and ex-Chelsea winger Eden Hazard are the two other Belgians to win the accolade. Alexander-Arnold was named Young Player of the Season earlier this week, while Juergen Klopp won the Manager of the Season award.

(With agency inputs)