And he was right.
Lee became one of Manchester City’s all-time greats – part of a hallowed trio consisting of Bell, Lee and Summerbee that propelled the Club to domestic and European glory over a three-year period when the Blues swept all before them.
In this tribute video, we remember the impact he had, his fierce competitive edge and determination to be the best in everything he did, on and off the pitch.
He also had a confidence and swagger that set him apart, not to mention a devilish sense of humour.
From the fantastic goals he scored to the many penalties he thumped home, those who knew him best remember a man who became a Club legend and later chairman and owner.
Franny’s passion for everything Manchester City never dimmed, and he will always be remembered as a true legend of this football club.
Watch our video tribute in the player above.