Following the announcement Vincent Kompany is leaving City, tributes have flooded in for the Club's greatest ever skipper...
The Belgian defender leaves City after an incredible 11 years with the Club, during which Manchester City fans have enjoyed unprecedented success.
What a captain and player. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 https://t.co/RA4OVPciVH— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) May 19, 2019
It's a long way from his low key move to City in August 2008..
Compartimos 8 años creciendo con el club. Un placer haber estado este tiempo juntos. Todo lo mejor en esta nueva etapa//We shared 8 years growing in this club. It was my pleasure to share this time together. All the best in this new stage, @VincentKompany 💪🏽💪🏽 pic.twitter.com/sSotPvCJCT— Sergio Kun Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) May 19, 2019
Kompany arrived relatively unknown in this country having previously played for Anderlecht and then Hamburg.
Thank you so much @VincentKompany. Hard to put into words what you have done for this club over the last decade. A captain, a leader, a legend, a true gent and a great great player! You will be sorely missed! https://t.co/cG8FtdU5RT— Franny Lee CBE (@FrannyLee7) May 19, 2019
He signed– a week before Sheikh Mansour’s takeover of the Club - and made his debut against West Ham United just two days later.
From skip to gaffer, the man has it all!! Since I walked through the door Vinny has been amazing to me. He helped me settle in and I’ve learned a lot from the big man. Good luck with everything skip, you’ll be missed #CaptainFantastic #Legend pic.twitter.com/KWqpCWZsXE— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) May 19, 2019
Under the guidance of Mark Hughes, he was used principally as a central-midfielder, but when Roberto Mancini joined the club in December 2009, he was switched to centre-half, a position in which he thrived.
Kompany was instrumental in City’s 2011 FA Cup win, our first major trophy in 35 years and the catalyst for a period of dominance in the English game.
My brother Vinny!! It was an honour to share the pitch with you at City! Memories I will cherish.— Yaya Touré (@YayaToure) May 19, 2019
Trophies! Titles!! Making a plan a reality! 🙌🏾
You are a special man!! A leader. My friend. pic.twitter.com/qSICcjR8Lm
He played 50 times that season and established a reputation as one of the finest centre-halves in the Premier League, earning a place in the PFA Team of the Year and winning City’s Player of the Season award.
So, Vinnie… it’s not easy to say goodbye, but to you I can say with a great feeling. We spent six years with joys, victories, defeats, overcoming, titles, but mainly learning. Thank you for all the teachings. I have no doubt that you will stand out forever in the history of... pic.twitter.com/JHb7fKZcbA— Fernandinho (@fernandinho) May 19, 2019
He was appointed as captain the following season, a position he has held ever since and served with distinction.
Perhaps his most influential moment was his winning goal in the 1-0 over Manchester United in 2012, an emphatic header that sealed all three points and put City in command of a fraught title race that had at one point seen us fall eight points behind our local rivals at the top.
Indeed, five weeks later, a dramatic 3-2 win over QPR sealed the Premier League, our first league title in 44 years. Kompany had been outstanding throughout the season and once again earned a place in the PFA Team of the Year. He was now widely considered to be Europe’s most complete central defender.
City won a league-and-cup double in 2014 under the tutelage of Manuel Pellegrini, scoring a then-English record 156 goals in all competitions. Kompany won a place in the Team of the Year for the third time and played 37 games in all competitions as we beat Sunderland to lift the League Cup and pipped Liverpool to the title after a dramatic battle for supremacy.
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Kompany played in the 2016 League Cup final that saw us beat Liverpool on penalties and scored the second in our 3-0 win over Arsenal in the final last season, a game which also saw him named man of the match after an inspired display.
Thank you for this years close to you. Thank you for all the moments, all the words to me and to be the best leader which need this big family. You are a legend and we wish you the best in your next stage, @VincentKompany !©️🦈💙 pic.twitter.com/un2bJdRFsM— Aymeric Laporte (@Laporte) May 19, 2019
And just two weeks ago, the 33-year-old produced yet another seismic moment in a City shirt – a 30-yard screamer that settled a tight game at home to Leicester, a result that put us on the brink of a second-consecutive Premier League title.
Kompany played 86 minutes of the final-day win over Brighton that confirmed his fourth Premier League title as a City player and started again in our 6-0 FA Cup final win over Watford this weekend.
Vincent Kompany's leaving of Manchester City was done with class, much like the way he conducted himself throughout his career at the club. No fuss, no ego, no farewell tour. Scoring one of the best and most important goals in the club's history was his goodbye.— Oliver Holt (@OllieHolt22) May 19, 2019
Off the field, Kompany is an erudite, multi-layered individual, who earned a global business master’s degree in 2017 and continues to speak eloquently on a range of political and social issues. He formed the charity Tckle4MCR in a bid to help ease Manchester’s homelessness crisis and he hopes to have raised £1m before the end of 2019.
There can be no doubt Vincent Kompany will go down as one of the Premier League’s greatest ever defenders, with his place in the pantheon of City greats very much assured.
Everyone at Manchester City would like to thank Vincent for his impeccable service to this football club. From the day he arrived, he has raised standards and been instrumental in our success and we will forever be indebted to him for his quality on the field and professionalism off it.
Looked after me from day one. Led by example, showed everyone what it means to be a leader, wear their heart on the sleeve, and give everything for this club.— Phil Foden (@PhilFoden) May 19, 2019
We will miss you Captain 💙 pic.twitter.com/e8xkzmpjm6
In a statement issue on Vincent's Facebook page, he wrote:
"Dear all, Community Shield Winners! Back 2 back League Cup Winners! Back 2 back Champions of England! FA Cup Winners!
"We’ve just seen the close of an incredible season. My 11th as a Blue. And I cannot believe I’m writing this but ... also my last as a Blue.
"Countless of times have I imagined this day, after all, the end has felt nearby for so many years. It still doesn’t feel real.
"Man City has given me everything. I’ve tried to give back as much as I possibly could.
"How often does someone get the chance to end such an important chapter, representing a club with such great history and tradition, in such a great fashion?
"The time has come for me to go now.
Playing for about 10 years with this man for club and country. And what an privilege it’s been. Big player, Big personality and big leader. Learned a lot from you. Wishing you all the best for the future. Btw picking you up at 2 pm today💯🤷🏼♂️🍾 pic.twitter.com/Upfyo4aZfD— Kevin De Bruyne (@DeBruyneKev) May 19, 2019
"As overwhelming as it is, I feel nothing but gratefulness. I am grateful to all those who supported me on a special journey, at a very special club.
"I remember the first day, as clear as I see the last..I remember the boundless kindness I received from the people of Manchester.
"I will never forget how all Man City supporters remained loyal to me in good times and especially bad times. Against the odds you have always backed me and inspired me to never give up.
"Sheikh Mansour changed my life and that of all the City fans around the world, for that I am forever grateful. A blue nation has arisen and challenged the established order of things, I find that awesome.
"I cherish the counsel and leadership of a good human being, Khaldoon Al Mubarak. Man City could not be in better hands.
Thankyou Vincent Kompany for everything good luck see ya soon LG x— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) May 19, 2019
"It’s cliché to say it but it’s also so true: without my teammates I would have never been here today. We fought many battles together. Side by side. In good times and in bad. So to all of you, from the 2008-2009 squad to today’s domestic Treble winners: I owe you guys!
Good luck to you, @VincentKompany with your new challenge. One of the greatest players, leaders and role models to have played on the green carpets of this country. And what a way to bow out from @ManCity 👏👏👏 https://t.co/ZE1IOywid7— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 19, 2019
"A special word also to Pep and the backroom staff: you’ve been superb. You’ve followed me through so much hardship. You made me come back stronger every time. Thank you so much."
Here’s to you, Vincent Kompany. City loves you more than you will know.