He has won everything in football including La Liga, the Champions League, the World Cup and the European Championships and it seems Messi recognised his talent nearly instantly.
City have hardly struggled without De Bruyne, but compared to last season's cruise to the title, a draw at newly-promoted Wolves and a tight 2-1 victory at home to struggling Newcastle have represented a challenging start to the campaign.
Without the Belgian in their side City still boast players likes Ilkay Gundogan, David Silva, Bernardo Silva and Phil Foden in their ranks.
"I will finish again where I started", he said in an interview with Universo Valdano. "I'm sorry, he's not for sale".
De Bruyne celebrating with Leroy Sane. He does everything. I recently met his parents and you only understand how children are when you have met the parents. Very protected from football. We took it on with some incredible players, a young president (Joan Laporta), Txiki (Begiristain).it was a generation of brutal players and the best player in the world (Lionel Messi).
De Bruyne watching on in his knee brace.
The Manchester City playmaker is a key performer in Guardiola's team and stood out last season in the club's Premier League-winning campaign.