Kevin De Bruyne wins PFA Player of the Season award, Ronaldo scores 100th international goal for Portugal

Kevin De Bruyne has been voted the PFA Players' Player of the year for the 2019-20 season, with the midfielder becoming the first Manchester City player to win the award since its inception in 1974.

Despite finishing the season with a winner's medal in only the Carabao Cup, De Bruyne beat out competition from four of Liverpool's Premier League title-winning squad -- Sadio Mane, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson and last season's winner, Virgil van Dijk -- and City teammate Raheem Sterling to claim the honour. 

The PFA award, which is voted for by players from all four divisions in the English game, is the second individual prize handed to De Bruyne for his contribution during the 2019-20 campaign. The former Chelsea player was named last month as the Premier League Player of the Season. 

Liverpool defender Alexander-Arnold, meanwhile, claimed the PFA Young Player of the Year award.

The 21-year-old England international topped the vote ahead of fellow nominees Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Bukayo Saka.

Alexander-Arnold is the first Liverpool player to be crowned Young Player of the Year since Steven Gerrard won the award in 2001.

Despite missing out on the young player honour, Manchester United forward Rashford was named as the PFA Merit Award winner following his work off the pitch in recent months aimed at helping to ensure free meals for under-privileged school children during the summer holidays. 

Team of the Year:
Nick Pope (Burnley); Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson (all Liverpool), Caglar Soyuncu (Leicester City); Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva (both Manchester City), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool); Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Sadio Mane (Liverpool). 

Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo became the second male player to score 100 international goals with the first of his two strikes in Portugal's 2-0 Nations League victory over Sweden on Tuesday.

Ronaldo sits second in the all-time list of leading international scorers behind Iran's Ali Daei, who scored 109 in his career. Daei, who played for Bayern Munich and Hertha Berlin at club level, featured for Iran from 1993 to his retirement in 2007.
The 35-year-old Juventus star has scored 49 of his 101 career goals with Portugal after turning 30, with his goals-per-game rate more than doubling.

The goals marked his seventh in seven matches all-time against Sweden, his most-punished opponent along with Lithuania, against which he has scored seven in just three matches.
The goals also increased his lead for most among active players, putting him 29 ahead of India's Sunil Chhetri and 31 ahead of Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi.

Ronaldo made his Portugal debut back in 2003 against Kazakhstan, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 1-0 victory.

He scored his first goal for Portugal in a 2-1 defeat against eventual champions Greece in the group stage of Euro 2004.

Ronaldo won his first international trophy with Portugal when they defeated France 1-0 in the final of Euro 2016, and also helped them to lift the inaugural UEFA Nations League title in 2019.

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