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City ace set for Bonus

Kevin De Bruyne will land a bonus payment should he win The Best FIFA Men's 2018 Player Award following his nomination this week.

The brilliant Manchester City and Belgium midfielder has been recognised for his major contribution which saw Pep Guardiola's men collect the Premier League trophy last season with a record 100 points haul.

De Bruyne scored 12 goals and created 21 assists in a City shirt during the campaign, before then helping his country to third place recently at the World Cup finals in Russia.

The 27-year-old signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract at the Etihad earlier this year, making him the highest-paid player in City's history on a hefty £280,000-per-week.

But the former Chelsea reject also had a number of bonuses and incentives which can boost that figure into further millions, one of which is being named the best player by FIFA's top brass.

Cristiano Ronaldo has won the award the last two seasons and the new Juventus player must again be considered a main frontrunner this year.

The Best FIFA Men's Player award shortlist also includes Eden Hazard, Luka Modric, Mohamed Salah, Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann and Real Madrid's World Cup-winning defender Raphael Varane.

Guardiola stated his opinion during the previous campaign that De Bruyne is only behind Ronaldo and Messi when it comes to the top echelon, with the Citizens making plenty of financial provision in his contract to recognise any future global awards.

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