Manchester City are one of the biggest clubs in England as well as in the whole of Europe. They have a team full of superstars that can take on any team in the world. Many great players have played for the club in its history even when they didn’t have the resources which they have now. In this article, we will have a look at some of the greatest Manchester City players ever.
Here are the 10 Greatest Manchester City Players Ever!
10. Mike Summerbee
Signed by Joe Mercer, Summerbee is one-third of the glorious City triumvirate that also included Colin Bell and Francis Lee. In his first season at the club, he started every single match, the only Manchester City player to do so that season.
Playing on the right-wing, he was one of the most influential players in the side which won 4 trophies in 3 seasons; including the First Division, FA Cup, and League Cup between 1968 and 1970. City fans voted him Player of the Year in 1972 and 73 – and in total he made 452 appearances for the club, scoring 68 goals before leaving for Burnley in a £25,000 deal in 1975.
9. Vincent Kompany
One of the first names that spring up to our mind when we talk about ‘greatest Manchester City players ever’ is Vincent Kompany. An absolute Manchester City hero, Kompany captained the team to four Premier League titles, and he has taken great pride in doing so. Since his arrival, he was the backbone of the Manchester City defence and his injuries resulted in poor defensive problems at the club.
Kompany was included in the Premier League Team of the Year for two years in a row in 2011 and 2012 as well as being included in the 2014 team, and won the Premier League Player of the Season in 2012. He left the club for Anderlecht in 2019, after spending more than a decade with the blue side of Manchester.
He has become an ambassador for the club and will go down as one of the Premier League’s best defenders, having been signed for just £6m in 2008.
8. Peter Doherty
A pre-war hero, who many older fans argue was even better than Colin Bell and few also regarded him as the greatest Manchester City player ever. He was an inside left, one of the top players of his time, winning a league title with Manchester City, he gained 16 caps for Ireland.
Doherty scored 82 goals in 134 appearances before the Second World War cut his career short. He was in the first group of 22 players to be inducted into the English Football Players Hall of Fame.
In his autobiography, Sunderland legend Len Shackleton wrote of Doherty:
“Peter Doherty was surely the genius among geniuses. Possessor of the most baffling body swerves in football, able to perform all the tricks with the ball, owning a shot like the kick of a mule, and, with all this, having such tremendous enthusiasm for the game that he would work like a horse for ninety minutes. That was pipe-smoking Peter Doherty, the Irish redhead who, I am convinced, had enough football skill to stroll through a game smoking that pipe-and still make the other twenty-one players appear second-raters. But of course, Peter never strolled through anything. His energy had to be seen to be appreciated.”
7. Francis Lee
Lee was an integral part of City’s most successful ever team. A then club record £60,000 signing from Bolton Wanderers in 1967, Lee certainly proved value for money, even if he came with what was a hefty price tag at the time. A supreme goal-scorer, the converted winger was the spearhead in a golden era for City. His strength and tenacity were admired by fans, and he had an uncanny knack of “winning” penalties and converting them.
One of the most prolific goal-scorers in the history of the club, he scored 148 goals in 330 appearances and was City’s leading marksman on four occasions.
In his first season, he helped City to the title in May 1968. He scored 16 goals that term – including the decisive goal in the 4-3 win over Newcastle on the final day of the season. He would also go on to win the FA Cup a year later and the League Cup and Cup Winners’ Cup in 1970 in a period laden with City silverware. Lee left Manchester City in 1974, joining Derby County.
6. Yaya Toure
Yaya Toure played an instrumental role in Manchester City’s success post takeover by the Arab owners. He spent the majority of his career as a box-to-box midfielder for club and country, where he was regarded as one of the world’s best players in his position.
Yaya scored some important goals for Manchester City, including the goal to take City to the 2011 FA Cup final against rivals United in the semi-finals. He then scored the winner in the final against Stoke City, securing City’s first trophy since 1976.
Toure was vital in winning three Premier League titles and 2 League Cups, most notably in the penultimate match of the 2011–12 season against Newcastle United where Touré scored two late goals to win the match and put Manchester City at the top of the league.
He was included in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year for 2011–12 and 2013–14. He was also voted African Footballer of the Year for 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.