2. Colin Bell
Dubbed ‘The King’ and worthy of having a stand at the Etihad Stadium named after him, Colin Bell was regarded as one of the best players – if not the best player – to have donned the sky blue shirt.
Colin Bell is the first name that comes to our mind when we talk about Manchester City legends. He joined the club from Bury in 1966 after being watched by Assistant Manager Malcolm Allison on a number of occasions. Bell joined the second division’s Manchester City in 1966 and helped the Maine Road outfit to promotion in the same year.
In 1968, he helped City win their second League Championship. In the same year, Bell also won his first England cap against Sweden, where he was instrumental in a 3–1 victory. Bell featured in three cup finals with City at the national stadium, emerging victorious in the 1969 FA Cup clash against Leicester and 1970 League Cup encounter with West Brom.
He also found the net in the 1974 League Cup final but somehow ended up on the losing side against Wolves. Due to injury, he missed the 1976 League Cup final triumph. In 1975, at the age of 29, Bell severely injured his right knee against Manchester United in a challenge with Martin Buchan during a League Cup match at Maine Road. He attempted a return in 1977 but called time on his career in 1979.
He, unfortunately, passed away on 5th Jan 2021 after a short term illness. May his soul rest in peace.
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1. Sergio Aguero
Its hardly surprising that the No.1 spot in our list of ‘greatest Manchester City players ever’ goes to Sergio Aguero. Manchester City’s record goalscorer, Aguero arrived in the summer of 2011, scored two fine goals on his debut and, in the most dramatic of circumstances and with the final kick of the season, secured the club’s first title in 44 years. The city might build a statue of that moment outside Etihad someday.
A prolific goalscorer, Agüero’s playing style is characterised by agility, acceleration and strength. Combined with his close control, quick feet, dribbling skills, and strength to keep the ball, he has been described as “a menace in the box”.
He is the club’s record goalscorer. So often this man comes to rescue City in times of trouble, his goals have helped elevate the club to new heights and their current standing in the game is largely owed to Sergio Aguero. It will be a sad day for the club when he leaves the City of Manchester.