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ALI ALI ALI: The Algerian could always be relied upon to weave some magic

ALI ALI ALI: The Algerian could always be relied upon to weave some magic

Day five of our monster feature and it’s time to gift our ultimate City player venerable vision.

Who'd see things others would never see? Who could play a pass through the eye of a needle - or across the pitch with unerring accuracy?

Take a look through these ultimate playmakers and cast your vote on the @ManCity Twitter poll.

Ali Benarbia

When a little Algerian playmaker signed for Kevin Keegan's City on a free transfer, no-one could have expected the impact he would go on to make.

He made his debut at Maine Road against Birmingham and completed it with a Man of the Match award after creating two assists - it was a sign of things to come.

His incredible flair, accuracy and eye for a pass lit up the division and he inspired the Blues to the Championship title before continuing to impress in England's top flight.

Eyal Berkovic

It's often said 'you can't have a team with more than one playmaker' - but the Israeli, playing alongside Ali B, proved otherwise.

Between them, they helped City to bag a record-breaking number of goals and Berkovic- nicknamed 'the Magician' - quickly became a fans' favourite.

Another bestowed with sublime skill and intelligence, he was dubbed the club's Player of the Season for 2002-03 and netted a fair few wondergoals during his time in Manchester.


Sven Goran-Eriksson once deemed the Brazilian 'a special player' and said he thought the midfield maestro 'had eyes in the back of his head.'

Elano certainly had the gift of fine vision and anticipation of what could happen - and he could provide the perfect pass to ensure it did.

With ten goals and ten assists in his maiden campaign in Manchester, he quickly enamoured himself to the City faithful, creating an air of expectation whenever he was in possession.

Yaya Toure

One of the most important players ever to don the sky blue shirt, the Ivorian has played a key role in City's recent triumphs.

Naturally, he was also nominated for the 'remarkable right foot' category - and here he is again, thanks to his impressive passing ability.

No matter the distance, Toure can find his target with driven, curled, delicate or floated balls and some of those have proven crucial.

Honourable mentions

David Silva

Of course, El Mago would usually be included in the top four - but you've already voted for his left foot!

Ian Bishop

A naturally gifted 'adopted Mancunian', Bish was classy and constructive with possession.

Samir Nasri

Calm and assured in possession, the Frenchman has the ability to unlock defences and move the ball into key areas.

Stephen Ireland

Also a scorer of beautiful goals, 'Superman' could play a killer pass.

Kevin De Bruyne

The Belgian was involved in 31 goals over 40 appearances in his first season at City - 16 of his own and 15 assists. Enough said!

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101 Great Goals believe striker Diego Costa has asked Chelsea to be allowed to return to Atletico Madrid this summer.

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It’s hardly breaking news with Sane and John Stones linked with the Blues for several months, but a raft of reports suggests both deals are nearing a resolution.

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