Vincent Kompany: captain, leader, legend.
As if we didn’t know already, Vincent Kompany’s title-saving thunder blast against Leicester City has reminded us just how special he is.
Mark Hughes didn’t leave much of a legacy at City when he was sacked by the club in 2009, and we dare say that the memories of the newer “fans” – with more dubious origins – probably don’t stretch as far back to when he ruled the roost.
But for all his tactical shortcomings and depressingly boring brand of “football”, Hughes achieved something truly magnificent in signing Belgium behemoth Vincent Kompany in 2008.
Peanuts (£10million). That’s how much it cost Manchester City to recruit the 22-year-old, relative to what he has given back to the club in memories and titles.
We must also consider, when measuring his greatness, that not once has it looked like the immeasurable pain and injury-induced misery he’s experienced in recent years has dampened his spirits, or ability, for that matter.
And truly that is what makes him so utterly special. At one point we all genuinely thought his career was over. Yet, in the face of adversity, he returned and pulls off a miracle strike against the Foxes to put himself on the cusp of a fourth Premier League title.
The amazing this is that it’s not even the first time he’s done it, won City the league. How could we forget the header he scored against United in 2012 to set up one of the greatest moments in footballing history?
Like a fine wine, the Belgium international seems to have improved with age. And using years of experience to his advantage, he has quite comfortably adapted to the intensity of the Premier League.
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