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De Bruyne, on his 50th Champions League appearance for City, scored in the second half to break the deadlock in a frustrating quarter final first leg fixture against Atletico Madrid.
It was yet another defining moment for the Belgian in City colours, widely regarded as the best midfielder in the world.
Carragher waxed lyrical about De Bruyne on CBS Sports' Golazo show and stated that the 30-year-old will become City's greatest ever player.
But former City defender Richards, who won one Premier League title and played 245 times for the club, was not quite having it.
He told Carragher that he would agree if De Bruyne was able to fire City to a first Champions League trophy. Yet when Carragher pulled him up on that, Richards mentioned David Silva - a suggestion the Liverpool legend brushed off.
"You can't just dismiss the magician that is David Silva," Richards said.
Carragher then claimed Silva was never the best player in the world in his position, which Richards wholly disagreed with.
Carragher did say that he "loves" Silva but was adamant that De Bruyne will "get more goals and play more penetrating passes" than the Spaniard.
In summer, to finish a two minute argument, Richards explained that most City fans would likely say De Bruyne is on par with Silva at this current moment.
The playmaking pair became teammates in 2015 when De Bruyne returned to English football in a £54 million move.
Pep Guardiola found a way to play the pair in the same midfield upon his arrival and it led to some of the most beautiful attacking football the Premier League has ever seen.
De Bruyne has scored 80 goals for City and lifted three Premier League titles - just one behind City legend Silva.
The World Cup winner left for Real Sociedad in 2020 after a decade of service.
Featured Image Credit: Image: CBS Sports & PA
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