Leader by example in a golden period of City history
Captain, leader, defensive rock – Vincent Kompany is one of the most decorated skippers in the club’s history.
Strong in the air, comfortable on the ball, accurate in the tackle and always ready to nip in and pinch the ball off a striker’s toes, the Belgian was a bargain buy when bought from Hamburg at just £6million in 2008.
A natural leader, he was handed the armband in 2011 and has since captained the side to two Premier League titles and two Capital One Cup triumphs.
Multi-lingual and multi-talented, Kompany began his career with Anderlecht, a series of composed performances in the Belgian Premier League and Champions League attracting interest from across the continent.
Two years at Hamburg was enough to convince Mark Hughes to bring Vincent to City in August 2008, one of the Welshman’s most astute buys in his time at the Club.
Initially a defensive midfielder, Vincent shifted back into central defence with aplomb and became the figure around which successive Blues backlines have been built.
Having helped win the FA Cup in 2011, he was a key figure in the title triumph of 2012, bagging the winning goal in a Manchester derby victory that proved vital in the final dramatic outcome.
Handed the club captaincy by Roberto Mancini, Vincent continued in the role following the arrival of Manuel Pellegrini in 2013, and led City to the Premier League the following year.
He showed his worth as the man for the big occasion with impressive displays against Europe's elite in the Champions League, scored the second goal against West Ham in the victory that clinched the title and lifted the Capital One Cup in 2014 and 2016.
Injuries have kept Vincent away for frustrating spells in recent seasons, but each time he has fought back to reclaim his place at the heart of the side.
Also a key part of Belgium’s talented national team, he featured at the 2014 World Cup but injury kept him out of the squad for Euro 2016 – although the BBC were quick to call upon his services as an articulate and perceptive pundit.