Kevin De Bruyne's highlights from Real Madrid 1-2 Man City are just brilliant

Kevin De Bruyne was voted man-of-the-match for his performance vs Real Madrid

Kevin De Bruyne really is an incredible footballer.

Players of the Belgian's calibre come around once in a generation, a midfielder that can literally do everything out on the pitch.

Last night away against Real Madrid, Pep Guardiola handed De Bruyne the task of operating as a 'false nine' against Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane.

It's a role the 28-year-old has rarely played in his career, so how did he do? He absolutely smashed it.

De Bruyne delivered a sensational assist for Gabriel Jesus' equaliser, somehow squeezing in a cross with four Real Madrid defenders surrounding him.

Five minutes later, he stepped up to convert a potentially tie-deciding penalty.

It was the complete performance and De Bruyne's highlights from the game show that he really is the ultimate footballer.

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What. A. Player.

There are only a handful of players in world football that could have delivered the same assist as De Bruyne did for Jesus, with Lionel Messi being one of them.

The Belgian admitted in his post-match interview that he was surprised by Guardiola's tactics last night, with Jesus being deployed as almost a left-wing back.

"In four years with Pep, he sometimes surprises," De Bruyne told BT Sport after the game.

De Bruyne in action

"Sometimes players aren't told until the game what we need to do. There were some good and some lesser moments. In a quality game like this, you'll struggle sometimes."

There were only good moments for you, Kevin.

De Bruyne completed 30 passes in Real Madrid's final third, created the most chances (4) and completed the most successful take-ons (3).

He also delivered six crosses and and attempted three shots during his 90 minutes on the pitch.

Guardiola may have stumbled upon the perfect formula for big away games in European competition.

De Bruyne leading the line with Ilkay Gundogan and Rodri back in midfield worked an absolute treat at the Bernabeu and it's maybe a system that should have been utilised in previous years.

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