The renowned sky blue uniform has been worn by some of the best players of the last 20 years, but who makes our all-time XI?

Manchester City has had many outstanding players throughout its history, from the heyday of the late 1960s to the strongest squad of the last ten years. It would be very difficult to fit them all into the best lineup of all time, and unavoidably, some luminaries would be left out.

Mike Summerbee, Francis Lee, Raheem Sterling, and Carlos Tevez are just a few of the heroes who will live on through the years, but only 11 can be named to GOAL’s greatest City team ever.

GK: Bert Trautmann

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Ederson is the most successful goalkeeper in City’s history and is on the right track to become the club’s all-time No. 1 with 11 championship medals already under his belt.

But few players left as much of an impression as did German goalkeeper Trautmann, who went from being a wanted ex-prisoner of war to one of the most admired sportsmen in history.

Of his 545 games, the 1956 FA Cup final, in which he continued to play despite having a fractured neck, was unquestionably the most notable.

Pablo Zabaleta, RB

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Although he wasn’t the most skilled player on the incredibly strong 2010s team, the Argentine was more dedicated to the group.

He was hired just before Sheikh Mansour became the club’s owner and remained the team’s first-choice right-back for the following nine years, helping them win two Premier League championships.

Although some may forget about the first goal he scored in the legendary 3-2 win over QPR, his status as a cult hero at the Etihad Stadium is unassailable.

Kevin Kompany, center back

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As a defensive midfielder when he first joined, Kompany would go on to become the best defender in the team’s history and have a statue outside the stadium erected in his honor.

The captain, a natural leader who over the course of 11 years helped City win 12 trophies, may have stayed on even longer had his last seasons not been cut short by recurring muscle injuries.

In his farewell game at the Etihad Stadium, Kompany delivered a memorable 30-yard goal in a 1-0 victory that would help the team win another Premier League championship before departing the field in tears.

Aymeric Laporte, CB

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18 months after first turning down a deal to City, he ultimately agreed to go, and neither he nor the club have regretted the about-face.

The Spain international is the ideal defender for Pep Guardiola thanks to his clever play-making and propensity to launch attacks from the back.

There are questions about his competence at the Etihad, and France oddly passed him by. His big collection of trophies might grow significantly before his time is out.

Glyn Pardoe, Left Back

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The left-back position has never been entirely controlled by one player, despite City’s recent success, so it’s worthwhile looking in the 1960s to locate a cult legend.

When Pardoe made his club debut at the age of 15, he was the club’s youngest player ever. As City won the league, the FA Cup, and the European Cup Winners’ Cup at the end of the decade, Pardoe established himself as the team’s top choice.

He was sidelined for two years due to a broken leg, but he persevered and eventually recovered. Shortly before Pardoe passed away in 2020, his grandson Tommy Doyle followed him into the first squad and he later became a young coach.

Fernandinho, D.M.

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Many questioned the sense in spending £30 million ($37 million) on a defensive midfielder with only five Brazil caps when he was signed at the age of 28.

Nine years later, it is clear that the signing was a brilliant one, since Fernandinho played a significant role in five Premier League championship victories.

He was already a prominent member of the locker room, but under Guardiola, who trusted his judgment both on and off the field, his influence rose even more.

Colin Bell (CM)

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Older fans still see Bell as the finest player to ever don the sky blue uniform because he is the only player to have a stand named in his honor.

Despite leading the successful City team of the 1960s and earning 48 caps for England, he was reserved off the field and regretfully missed the opportunity to shine for his country when the Three Lions were unable to qualify for the 1974 World Cup.

The fact that City’s 2022–23 home kit is a memorial to Bell, who passed away in 2021, says everything you need to know about his enduring legacy. Despite suffering a major knee injury, the midfielder made 501 appearances over the course of 13 years while playing for City.

Yaya Toure, CM

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Yaya Toure joined City from Barcelona as a defensive midfielder, but it became evident very quickly that City could allow him the chance to display his incredible versatility and football intelligence.

His best season was in 2013–14, when he was nearly unplayable and scored 20 goals to help City win their second Premier League championship.

Any highlight video of his tenure at the Etihad will show a breathtaking collection of astounding goals, but it is only a small portion of what his domineering all-around game genuinely contributed to the team.

Kevin De Bruyne, RW

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Even though De Bruyne struggled as a youth at Chelsea, City was still prepared to pay £60 million ($74 million) to get him from Wolfsburg in 2015. It was a brilliant move, and the Belgian player later established himself as one of the best in the contemporary age.

De Bruyne has won several individual awards, including PFA Player of the Year twice and Premier League Player of the Season, in addition to orchestrating a tremendously successful time.

The Belgian, who is quickly moving up the list of all-time assists, may end his playing career as the greatest foreign playmaker to ever compete in the Premier League.

 

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