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Manchester City players have marked the end of the season by surprising an army of local fans throughout the city to thank them for their loyal support.

With all first team players involved, the homes, workplaces and schools in and around Manchester city centre were visited, with one mission in mind – to express their sincere thanks to the fans for their unwavering support and that the club is nothing without them.

And, in a public appearance aimed at fans working in the town centre, City’s Brazilian trio of Gabriel Jesus, Fernandinho and Fernando, brought a touch of Copacabana to Manchester with a kick about on a specially constructed beach outside the National Football Museum in the heart of the city.

Eleven private visits were made in total with players hand delivering personalised thank you cards and other gifts. The players also spent time listening to fan stories and reminiscing about their favourite City moment.

At 101 years old, Vera Cohen is one of Manchester City’s most senior Cityzens and season ticket holder. Famed for her baking skills and raising money for charity, Vera was visited by captain Kompany who popped over to her house for a brew and a slice of cake, along with sister Olga, who is also a season ticket holder and a mere 96 years old.

Yaya Toure gave unsuspecting Shirley Leonard the shock of her life as he delivered a card, a balloon and a cake for her 50th birthday while Raheem Sterling and Tosin Adarabioyo were given a masterclass in knitting as they visited lifelong blue and avid knitter Julie Dolan.

Watch the video above for a flavour of the videos that will be released over the coming days.