Manchester City have comes on leaps and bounds since returning to the top-flight in 2002. The club had previous with the Premier League, taking part in the first four seasons since its inception in 1992. They then suffered relegation in 1995, before falling to League One in 1998.
Then under the management and guile of the wily Joe Role they managed to achieve back-to-back promotions. This was however, a short stay and after one season back, they were relegated. Kevin Keegan was installed at the helm following Royle’s departure, in what was the first of his two spells at the Citizens.
Keegan, along with prolific Bermudan striker Shaun Goater, lead City straight back to the Premier League once again but this time were here to stay.
Since then, they have changed manager six times, been taken over by the Sheikh Mansour family and won two Premier League titles, in what’s been the most historic period in the club’s 123 history.
City have had many impeccable individuals grace the sky blue shirt, many of which have contributed to their highs and still shone during the lowest of lows for the club.
The Spaniard signed for the club back in the summer of 2010 and to this day, continues to spark magic at the Ethiad stadium. Perhaps often under appreciated, Silva was a bit part player of Spain’s squad during their 2010 World Cup success.
Eyebrows were raised at the transfer fee but no one can deny his essentialness to this team over the last eight years, in which he has played a number of roles and often rejuvenated his on-pitch skillset.
Silva has undoubtedly been pivotal in both of their title successes and has reprised his role as an out and out no.10 in Pep Guardiola’s Manchester revolution.
The veteran Bermudan striker most famously struck twice in famous 3-1 win over city rivals United back in 2001-02. More importantly, he helped the club to achieve Premier League status twice as well as overcome the struggle of getting out of the lower leagues.
Goater was inducted into the club’s ‘Hall of Fame’ back in 2006 and was awarded the ‘Cult Hero’ accolade along with it.
Although not anywhere near the sheer talent and quality of more recent signings, there was no doubt over his status and passion for the club.
Club captain and undisputed icon Vincent Kompany was signed by then manager Mark Hughes for just £6 million pounds. He became club captain on a permanent basis in 2011 after the absence and behaviour of teammate Carlos Tevez lead to him being stripped of the role.
Like Goater, he clearly knows what it means to wear the shirt and has only the interests of the club in his mindset whilst on the pitch. Notoriously solid and hard to deal with physically, Kompany lead the club to their first league title in 44 years in 2012 but injuries sine then have done damage to his footballing credentials.
The Belgian has seemingly overcome the plague of strains and knocks though, to become the main man at the heart of the defence and looks like he has a few years left in him.
This as long as Pep Guardiola maintains his safety-first approach to player fitness and allows time for Kompany to rest.
This one is the clear frontrunner in terms of figurehead status. Most notably recognised as Manchester City’s highest-ever goalscorer, Aguero has time and time again come up with the goals in the big game.
Infamous for his cool, calm and composed strike in the closing moments of a clash with QPR in 2012 to snatch the title away from intercity rivals Manchester United.