In recognition of his nine years at the Club, a glittering period which has seen him establish a reputation as one of the greatest defensive midfielders in Premier League history, Fernandinho was presented with a mosaic inspired by his goal in our 7-2 victory over Stoke City in 2017, which won the Club’s Goal of the Season award for 2017/18.
The mosaic has been installed at the 80-acre City Football Academy next to a pitch dedicated to the Brazilian.
The latest in a series of tributes to departing City legends, including Yaya Toure, Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany, David Silva and Sergio Aguero, the mosaic was created by local Manchester sculptor and City supporter Mark Kennedy.
Sunday’s Premier League fixture against Aston Villa, which could see City crowned champions for the fourth time in five seasons, will see Fernandinho play his final game at the Etihad Stadium.
Speaking of the dedication, Manchester City chairman, Khaldoon Al Mubarak, said: “This is the perfect tribute to Fernandinho, a player who has served this club with distinction over a nine-year period. He is a player who has earned everyone’s respect, not just for his performances, which have always been of a consistently high level, but also his attitude and application. He is a true professional.
“To play so many matches and win 12 trophies – with the chance to win another Premier League title in his final game – is testament to his ability.
“His place in Manchester City history is assured. He deserves this tribute and I hope every young footballer who sees this mosaic is inspired by the career he has had.”
Fernandinho added: “To have a mosaic and pitch in my honour here at the City Football Academy is an incredible gesture, and I am very grateful to the Club. I could never have imagined this when I signed.
“It’s been an amazing period of my life and coming to Manchester City was the best decision I have ever made. This is a special way to bring an end to my time here.”
After today's game against Aston Villa, further tributes for Fernandinho are planned, so fans are asked to remain in their seats to offer him a fitting Manchester farewell.