Since the ecliptic takeover of Manchester City in 2008 by the ambitious City Group headed by Sheikh Mansour, the current PL leaders have burst into the limelight by establishing itself as one of the most deadly and promising teams in the English top flight and Europe alike. Since 2008, the club has lifted 2 Premier League titles and one of FA Cup, Community Shield and 2 League Cups. City have indeed made some bold moves in the transfer window since they have had a sound financial back-up and have been successful in roping in quite a few world class talents year in and out.
Even in the pre-Premier League era during the mid-20th century, City boasted in having one of the most balanced squads during the war days. City lifted the First Division titles in 37’ and 68’ and had quite a few international stars in their ranks. Continued poor form towards the 80s and 90s saw them shift between the First and Second Division until they found stability and remained a mid-table team in the 00s.
Players join and leave a club but what remains with the fans are the moments created by them. City have been blessed to have witnessed some of the best players from around the globe join in what appears to be a large project ahead.
Here’s a countdown to the top 10 Manchester City signings ever: –
(10) Georgi Kinkladze: –
Probably the only positive element in the team during the off-colour days at the club struggling to keep its place in the English top tier, midfield sensation Kinkladze arrived at Manchester City in 1995 and became an instant fan favourite. He was widely regarded as the star player of the City team at that time following his brilliant solo goal against Southampton by dribbling past five opposition players before chipping the ball past goalkeeper Dave Beasant. He remained at the club despite its poor form and won two consecutive Player of the Year awards. He eventually retired at Rubin Kazan in the year 2006.
(9) Kevin de Bruyne: –
Chelsea reject De Bruyne was offloaded by Jose Mourinho to Vfl Wolfsburg in 2014 but the Belgian midfielder’s glittering performances for the German side caught the attentions of many as he was adjusted the Bundesliga top assist provider in his debut season at the club. City were quick to snap him up the next season as a then-club record fee of £55 mil brought the midfielder to the Etihad. Filled with blistering pace and a greater ball control, De Bruyne has one of the best assist-ratios in the Premier League, having made over 100 appearances for the club already. Put in Pep Guardiola’s words, he says, “I think he is a special, outstanding player. He makes everything. Without the ball he is the first fighter, and with the ball he is clear – he sees absolutely everything.”
(8) Joe Hart: –
Signed from Shrewsbury Town for a meagre amount of £100,000 in 2006, Hart was signed immediately after he returned from the U-19 duties in Belgium. He developed into one of the nation’s finest pair of hands while serving loan spells at a host of clubs including Blackpool and his stellar performances for Birmingham City even got him the Premier League goalkeeper of the season award in 2010. Having over 265 appearances for the club, Hart has won four Premier League Golden Glove awards including three consecutive ones (2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2014-15) and had made it to the PFA Team of the Year twice.
(7) Peter Doherty: –
Starting his playing career at Coleraine, the Irish forward arrived at the Maine Road in the year 1936 and became a popular figure overnight. He went on to score a handsome tally of 74 goals in his rather short but successful stint at the city of Manchester. He even served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War remaining a registered City player and netted 60 times in 89 wartime matches. After retiring, he had a brief managerial career with Doncaster Rovers and Bristol City. He was later on inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2002.