In 2008, Manchester City bought Vincent Kompany for € 8.5 million in Hamburg. An amount that now appears ridiculous compared to the rates charged for central defenders similar profile (Maguire, van Dijk). The Belgian international remained 11 years in City, winning 4 Premier League, 2 FA Cup and 4 League Cup, and becoming a legend of the club. He was therefore entitled to his jubilee Wednesday night. A jubilee he could not participate because of a thigh injury. He who was so often on the flank during the end of his stay with the Citizens preferred to laugh. Especially since his absence did not spoil the evening. Present on the bench alongside Pep Guardiola, he was able to coach the eleven legends of Manchester City, which included among others, Kolo Toure, Samir Nasri, Steven Ireland, Craig Bellamy or Benjani, the former striker of AJ Auxerre passed by Man City between 2008 and 2010.
In front of this team, there was an eleven legends of the Premier League, with many former Manchester United players, such as Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Gary Neville and Robin van Persie. In front of more than 50,000 people gathered for this tribute to their former captain, the match proved to be of good quality. Paul Scholes regaled with some hidden passes which he still has the secret, Van Persie put a nice goal and spread all his technique, Gary Neville was guilty on the first goal, signed Petrov, and was then injured all alone on an acceleration!
Final score 2-2 (goals of Petrov and Benjani for legends of City, Keane and van Persie for those of Premier League). Hedge of honor, moving speech, participation of his brother in the second half (François Kompany plays in the Belgian second division at Roeselare), Kompany could have a smile. And to say goodbye to the Mancunian fans, after having left a little hurriedly from the club to become coach-player of Anderlecht. Accompanied by his children on the lawn, he launched to the public: " thank you so much. Thank you for coming so many a Wednesday night. Of course, I was hurt for my own jubilee but I'll be ready for David Silva's. ". An ultimate pirouette for the one who will soon be entitled to a statue in front of the Etihad Stadium.
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