Jamie Carragher says Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne is the third best player in the world.
The Belgian has been superb for City since he joined from Wolfsburg in 2015, winning the PFA Player of the Year last season.
He has scored 50 goals and provided 90 assists in 223 appearances for Pep Guardiola’s side.
And Carragher claims the 29-year-old is now second only to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in world football.
“I would say De Bruyne, when we talk about the best players in the world now, I would put him top of the second band of players behind Messi and Ronaldo,” Carragher said during an appearance on Sky Sports.
“I would put him top of that list, if you said to me who would I want in my team – it would be Kevin De Bruyne.”
De Bruyne was the star of the show in Manchester City’s Premier League opener on Monday night, a 3-1 victory over Wolves at Molineux, claiming a goal and an assist.
Carragher added: “The numbers he gets with assists and goals, he’s a manager’s dream.
“He can play in the [no.]10 position, right of a three, and Roberto Martinez plays him central midfield for Belgium.
“I think he’s had great longevity in his career because I still think he’ll have the ability to play that deep role, maybe when his legs go a little bit because he’s got a great engine.
“But his passing ability is as good as anything we’ve ever seen in the Premier League. And he can play that role when he’s in his mid-thirties not a problem.”