10 Greatest Manchester City Players Ever

Manchester City is one of the top clubs in England as well as 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, let us have a look at some of the greatest Manchester City players ever.

Considering the impact on the club, success, consistency, loyalty and longevity, here are the 10 Greatest Manchester City Players Ever.

10. Frank Swift [1933-1949]

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Swift was a one-club man who spent his entire professional career between the posts for Manchester City, apart from wartime guest appearances elsewhere. In his debut season, Swift was a key member of the team that made it all the way to the 1934 FA Cup final. City had lost the previous year’s final to Everton, and the relatively inexperienced Swift was quite nervous before the final against Portsmouth.

Septimus Rutherford put Pompey ahead on 27 minutes with a goal for which the young Swift blamed himself. But at half-time, he was consoled by City’s centre-forward Fred Tilson, who promised the young keeper he’d score two. Tilson kept his promise and scored two goals. When the final whistle sounded, Swift was so overcome by the release of tension that he fainted beneath his crossbar and had to be revived to collect his winners’ medal from George V.

Apart from the FA Cup he also won the First and Second Division titles with City. Tragically Swift’s life was cut prematurely short by the Munich Air Disaster, whilst covering the game as a journalist for News of the World.

9. Mike Summerbee [1965-1975]

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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.

8. Vincent Kompany [2008-2019]

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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 for 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 then became 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.

7. Kevin De Bruyne [2015-Present]

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The Belgian midfielder established himself as one of the world’s top talents after joining Manchester City from German club Wolfsburg in 2015. He is capable of firing a 30-yard bullet into the back of the net, as well as a graceful, raking pass out to the flank. He knows every trick in the book when it comes to playmaking.

De Bruyne has won the League 3 times, the FA cup once, and the League Cup 5 times. He is also the only City player to win the PFA Player of the Season and is one of only 3 players to win it in back-to-back seasons.

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2 thoughts on “10 Greatest Manchester City Players Ever

  • May 28, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    I m happy to see Aguero as the number 1 for our Manchester City greatest players he deserve that honour.

  • April 4, 2022 at 1:25 pm

    How can you have a list of the ten Greatest Manchester City Players Ever without mentioning Max Woosnam and Billy Meredith

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