Kevin De Bruyne, now of German side Wolfsburg, was selected over a number of Premier League stars by the readers of Belgian newspaper Nieuwsblad as Belguim’s best player in their emphatic 6-0 win over Andorra.
The former Chelsea star was on the scoresheet twice, along with Liverpool summer signing Divock Origi, Tottenham Hotspur’s Nacer Chadli and Napoli’s Dries Mertens. Jan Vertonghen, Divock Origi and Toby Alderweireld were also credited with assists in the slaying of Andorra.
Belgium, who will be looking to build on their impressive World Cup showing in Brazil over the next decade, had to wait 30 minutes before finding the back of the net. However, as soon as they did, they proceeded to score the following five in the next 37 minutes of the match.
Kevin De Bruyne started the scoring off from the penalty spot with 31 minutes on the clock. He then, just three minutes later, fired Belgium two goals to the good after Liverpool’s Divock Origi played a splitting ball through the middle of the Andorran centre-backs.
Spurs’ Nacer Chadli and Jan Vertonghen combined to make it three, after Vertonghen’s beautifully weight cross found a marauding Chadli at the back post. Kevin De Bruyne and Origi was at it again for the fourth, except this time it was the Wolfsburg midfielder that sent Origi on the way to score his second ever international goal.
Napoli attacking midfield Dries Mertens put the result beyond doubt, scoring the fifth and sixth within three minutes of each other – 65’ and 68’ – to send the Devils on their way to a comfortable victory.
After such a resounding win, and a clean sheet, there were many contenders for the Man of the Match award, however, the readers of Belgium national newspaper Nieuwsblad had one clear winner in mind.
The former Chelsea man - Kevin De Bruyne - was at the heart of everything Belgium did well and cleaned up with 58% of the votes.
Divock Origi and Dries Mertens completed the top three, while Thibaut Courtois, just days after a bad head injury, came fourth after a well-deserved clean-sheet.
It is another performance that will leave Chelsea fans wondering whether Mourinho made the correct decision to let him go. It was his sixth and seventh international goal, and at just 23 that is an astonishing record.