After roughly 10 years, Vincent Kompany is leaving Manchester City.

To mark the occasion, here are 10 of his greatest moments at the club.

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1. Kompany joins City

2008 marked the year that Kompany joined City for £6 million. It may not seem like it belongs on this list, but the decision to take a gamble on the Belgian defender was the beginning of the whole saga.

2. MCFC Supporters’ Player of the Year

Kompany won yet another personal award, in the form of MCFC’s Supporters’ Player of the Year for 2010/11, putting him high on the list for ones to watch.

Manchester City v Manchester United - FA Cup Semi Final
LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 16: The City fans celebrate after Yaya Toure of Manchester City scored the opening goal during the FA Cup sponsored by E.ON semi final match between Manchester City and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on April 16, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

3. 2011 FA Cup semi-final

In May 2011, Manchester City beat Manchester United 1-0 in the FA Cup semi-final. Despite Yaya Toure scoring the winning goal, Kompany’s performance at centre-back was undeniably a decisive factor in the win.

4. Kompany becomes captain

Kompany’s 100th Premier League game was made even sweeter because Kompany was no longer just a City player; he was captain of the team. He was first given the infamous captain’s armband in May 2011, which he wore in City’s match against Wigan Athletic in September of the same year. The result a 3-0 win for City.

Manchester City v Queens Park Rangers - Premier League
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – MAY 13: The Manchester City players celebrate with the trophy following the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Queens Park Rangers at the Etihad Stadium on May 13, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

5. City’s first league title

On 13th May 2012, Queens Park Rangers stood in the way of City’s first league title. It is important to remember that City had not won a league title since 1968. However, led by Kompany’s furiously fast feet, they secured a 3-2 victory.


6. Player of the Season

In 2012, Kompany was selected as Barclays’ ‘Player of the Season.’

7. 2013-14 Premier League title

Just two months later, Kompany scored yet again, both metaphorically and literally. City were the winners of the 2013–14 Premier League title, with Kompany scoring the second goal in City’s 2-0 win against West Ham United.

Manchester City v Sunderland - Capital One Final
LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 02: Vincent Kompany and Samir Nasri of Manchester City lift the trophy with team mates after the Capital One Cup Final between Manchester City and Sunderland at Wembley Stadium on March 2, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

8. 2014 League Cup Final

In March 2014, Kompany captained his team to victory. City vanquished Sunderland 3-1 in the League Cup Final.

9. EFL Cup Final heroics

On February 25th 2018, he was the second goal scorer in City’s 3-0 triumph in the EFL Cup Final against Arsenal. Outdoing himself once again, Kompany was also named ‘Man of the Match’ for his performance in the EFL Cup Final.

10. Goal of the Season

Ending in style, Kompany won Nissan’s Goal of the Season in May 2019. What a goal it was.

As Vincent Kompany leaves to become Anderlecht head coach, City fans will be left with a bittersweet feeling. One thing is for certain: Kompany will not be forgotten in a hurry.

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