Manchester City is the second most successful team in the premier league after Manchester United. The current edition of the 2022 premier league was won by Manchester City by defeating their arch-rivals Liverpool Fc. Many legendary players have been a part of this legendary team. The city's dominant past decade is heavily represented when you put together an all-time Best XI, though there are still some legends from decades ago who still deserve inclusion. Here is a closer look at the All-Time Best XI for Manchester City:
The most legendary goalkeeper in City’s history remains Trautmann, who spent 16 seasons and played more than 500 games for the club. The German-born goalkeeper was a member of the German army during World War II, staying in England after being captured and choosing to stay rather than return to Germany. He signed with Manchester City in 1949, making 545 appearances and helping lead City to the 1956 FA Cup title. Adding to his legend is the fact he suffered a broken neck late in the final but completed the game.
Gael Clichy may be the best modern-day City left-back, but Paul Power was an influential part of the club in the late 1970s. Power totalled 437 appearances in his 11-year stay in Manchester, scoring 25 goals from his left-back position. He won one league title in 1986 with Everton, but played the majority of his career in Manchester, helping the team remain in the First Division. He is now involved in the Manchester City Academy.
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Vincent Kompany joins Hart as one of the faces of the Manchester City turnaround, captaining the team for several seasons. Joining Man City from Hamburg in 2008, Kompany would go on to be one of the top centre-backs in the Premier League. From 2008-15', the Belgian would total 32 appearances or more in every season while being a regular for the Belgian National Team. Kompany lifted four Premier League titles in his time in Manchester before embarking back to his native Belgium with First Division side Anderlecht. No moment certainly is sweeter for the 33-year-old after his missile game-winning goal vs. Leicester City at the tail end of the 2018-19 season, keeping Man City ahead of Liverpool in the title race.
Another physical defender like Kompany, Richard Dunne played a prominent role for Manchester City from 2000-09'. The Republic of Ireland international totalled 352 appearances for the Citizens, scoring seven goals. Also a Premier League player with Everton, QPR, and Aston Villa, Dunne spent most of his career with Man City and captained the side for several seasons. He would move away from the Etihad Stadium following the arrivals of Joleon Lescott and Kolo Toure but remains a City legend all the same.
Another prominent face in the Manchester City backline during the start of their turnaround, Pablo Zabaleta was a fan favourite for his never-give-up attitude. The Argentine won six domestic trophies with the club during his nine-year stay in Manchester. He was named to the PFA Team of the Year for the Premier League in 2003 after making 30 appearances in a season in which City did not win a single trophy. An aggressive right back whose appearances were limited later in his career, Zabaleta has since moved on to West Ham United has still has 58 caps for Argentina to his name.
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The Spanish Magician made his move to Manchester City in 2010 and joined Kompany, Hart, and others in the revitalization of the club. One of the best technical footballers to play in the Premier League, Silva has scored 73 goals in 423 combined appearances while playing a major role in midfield for several seasons. He's also earned 125 caps for Spain, winning one World Cup and two European Championships. Silva lifted 14 trophies in his time at Manchester City while continuing to play a role in his final season in 2019-20. With a move back to Spain likely, Silva will go down as one of, if not the best midfielder in Manchester City's history.
Colin Bell was an attacking midfielder for Manchester City during 1966-79, sitting fourth all-time in the club's history with 153 goals scored. Playing at then-Maine Road, Bell helped Man City lift eight trophies during his time with the club. He ended his playing career in 1980 with the San Jose Earthquakes but will go down as one of the best players ever to play for Manchester City. Bell also won 48 caps for England and was one of the few Manchester City players to win a European Cup Winners Cup Medal (now UEFA Super Cup).
One of the nice guys in the Premier League during his time from 2010-18', Yaya Toure was another modern-day player who helped bring Manchester City back to relevancy. The Ivory Coast man played for Barcelona, Monaco, and Olympiakos as well in his career, but is known for his time at the Etihad Stadium. Toure paired with David Silva as Manchester City's midfielder for numerous seasons, scoring 79 goals in 316 combined appearances. His best haul came in 2013-14', where Toure scored 24 goals in all competitions and helped Man City to a domestic double.
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Playing 17 seasons with Manchester City from 1959-76', Alan Oakes may go down as the best Academy player to come through the ranks at the club. Oakes totalled 680 combined appearances between the First and Second Divisions with Manchester City, scoring 35 goals. Oakes won eight trophies as a player with the club while also being named the Manchester City Player of the Year in 1975. In total, Oakes finished his career with Third Division side Chester and with a whopping 928 first-team appearances. He holds the Manchester City record for appearances, sitting with Joe Corrigan as the only player to amass 600.
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One of the best goalscorers the Premier League has ever seen, Sergio Aguero has continued to make an impact at the age of 33. A former Independiente and Atletico Madrid player, Aguero moved to Manchester City in 2011 and set numerous records along the way. The Argentine holds the club record for 254 combined goals in 368 appearances and also has 23 in this current campaign. Aguero has never made fewer than 30 appearances in a single season at Manchester City, scoring the most famous goal in the club's history on Championship Sunday. His game-winning goal against QPR helped Manchester City in the 2011-12' title over rivals Manchester United on the final day, helping kick start a span of 13 trophies over nine seasons.
Tommy Johnson may have never won a First Division title with Manchester City, but that didn't stop him from laying the groundwork for the club's revitalization in the early 1900s. Johnson is second all-time in club history with 166 goals in 354 appearances while totalling over 330 first-team appearances. He helped Manchester City return to the First Division in 1927-28 and would later finish his career with Liverpool. He scored five goals in five career appearances for England with four of those coming in friendlies.
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