Manchester Metropolis midfielder Kevin De Bruyne is in competition to win English soccer’s Participant of the Yr award for the third straight season.
De Bruyne was on a six-man shortlist for the award introduced Wednesday, alongside Liverpool trio Sadio Mane, Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah, Tottenham striker Harry Kane and Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo.
Metropolis was outnumbered by Liverpool on the shortlist regardless of beating its rival to the Premier League title to retain the trophy.
De Bruyne received the celebrated award, voted by the gamers, in 2020 and ’21. Van Dijk and Salah received it the years earlier than that.
The shortlist for the ladies’s Participant of the Yr award consisted of Chelsea duo Pernille More durable and Sam Kerr, Arsenal pair Vivianne Miedema and Kim Little and Manchester Metropolis’s Alex Greenwood and Lauren Hemp.