Without a question, they are two of the finest offensive midfielders in the game right now.
Manchester City clearly fared better last season with De Bruyne, and the Belgian was crucial to their triumph.
De Bruyne, 30, was voted PFA Players’ Player of the Year after leading Pep Guardiola’s team to Premier League victory, scoring six goals and assisting on 12 occasions.
He also assisted on seven more goals as City made history by reaching the Champions League final for the first time.
Despite missing the start of Euro 2020 due to injury, he left his imprint on the tournament, most notably in the 2-1 group-stage victory over Denmark, when he came off the bench to set up one goal before scoring the game’s winner.
Belgium, driven by De Bruyne, eliminated Portugal in the last 16, with Bruno bowing out after failing to make an impression at the Euros.
His impact on Manchester United’s 2020-21 season, on the other hand, cannot be underestimated.
The Portuguese have had a revolutionary influence on Old Trafford since his arrival in January last year.
He scored 18 goals as United finished second in the Premier League last season, with Fernandes claiming back-to-back Player of the Month honours in November and December to become the first player to win four in a calendar year.
He also scored five goals in his team’s journey to the Europa League final, giving him a total of 28 goals for the 2020-21 season.