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Kevin De Bruyne Has Broken A Record Previously Held By Eric Cantona

Since returning to the Premier League with Manchester City in 2015, Kevin De Bruyne has established himself as one of the best players in the division.

Having been tarred with the “Chelsea failure” tag that has also been unfairly branded on the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Juan Cuadrado and Mohamed Salah in the past, some might have been surprised that Man City opted to spend a club-record £55m to bring the Belgian international to the Etihad – but he has since silenced what doubters he had left and now has the stats to back it up.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 30: Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City scores his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on September 30, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Victoria Haydn/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

According to the official Premier League figures, De Bruyne now has the highest assists-per-game ratio of any player in Premier League history that has played 50 games or more. The 26-year-old has provided 31 assists for teammates in his 71 Premier League matches so far, giving him a ratio of 0.44 assists per match.

That puts him comfortably ahead of the previous record held by Manchester United legend Eric Cantona who, although had more assists in his time at Old Trafford (56 in 156 games), has a ratio of 0.36 assists per match.

29 Oct 1994: Eric Cantona of Manchester United in action during an FA Carling Premiership match against Newcastle United at St James'' Park in Newcastle, England. Mandatory Credit: Mike Hewitt/Allsport

In terms of total assists, however, De Bruyne is still some way short of Ryan Giggs’ 162 total, but given the speed at which he has notched up the number he has already, don’t be surprised to see De Bruyne breathing down the Welshman’s neck before too long if he stays in England for a few more years at least.

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