Vincest Kompany has announced that he will be leaving Manchester City, and did so with this post on his Facebook page:
Community Shield Winners!
Back 2 back League Cup Winners!
Back 2 back Champions of England!
FA Cup Winners!
We’ve just seen the close of an incredible season. My 11th as a Blue. And I cannot believe I’m writing this but … also my last as a Blue. Countless of times have I imagined this day, after all, the end has felt nearby for so many years. It still doesn’t feel real.Man City has given me everything. I’ve tried to give back as much as I possibly could. How often does someone get the chance to end such an important chapter, representing a club with such great history and tradition, in such a great fashion?
The time has come for me to go now.
As overwhelming as it is, I feel nothing but gratefulness.I am grateful to all those who supported me on a special journey, at a very special club.I remember the first day, as clear as I see the last. I remember the boundless kindness I received from the people of Manchester.
I will never forget how all Man City supporters remained loyal to me in good times and especially bad times. Against the odds you have always backed me and inspired me to never give up.
Sheikh Mansour changed my life and that of all the City fans around the world, for that I am forever grateful. A blue nation has arisen and challenged the established order of things, I find that awesome.I cherish the counsel and leadership of a good human being, Khaldoon Al Mubarak. Man City could not be in better hands.
It’s cliché to say it but it’s also so true: without my teammates I would have never been here today. We fought many battles together. Side by side. In good times and in bad. So to all of you, from the 2008-2009 squad to today’s domestic Treble winners: I owe you guys!
A special word also to Pep and the backroom staff: you’ve been superb. You’ve followed me through so much hardship. You made me come back stronger every time. Thank you so much.
I also want to use this platform to express the love that I have for my nearest and dearest.It knows no boundaries. Carla, Sienna, Sire and Kai, the one and only quadruple that matters. My dad (Pierre), Christel and François, my true Invincibles. I live with only one regret. I would have loved to take my mother, Jocelyne, to the Etihad, seeing her chant the City songs sat next to my children and wife. I would have wanted her to see me happy, playing the game that I love at a club that I love. Deep down, I know she’s been with us through all this time.”
In honour Kompany’s announcement, we’ve taken a look back at some of the best moments of his career with Manchester City:
Kompany signed for Man City in 2008, and was originally given the number 33 shirt.
Kompany was given the number four shirt for the 2010–11 season after Nedum Onuoha moved on loan to Sunderland.
Kompany won his first trophy as a Man City player in 2011, when his side defeated Stoke City to win the FA Cup.
Kompany was installed as City’s club captain for the 2011/12 season, after previous skipper Carlos Tevez expressed his desire to leave the club.
THAT goal against Manchester United
On 30 April 2012, Kompany scored one of the most iconic goals in City’s history. He headed home from a David Silva corner in the Manchester derby to give City a 1-0 win over United, a result which put his side ahead of their local rivals on goal difference with just two games to go.
City were crowned champions after THAT game (and THAT Aguero goal) against QPR on the final day of the 2012/13 season.
Disappointing 2013/14 campaign
City’s 2012/13 season was disappointing one for the club and for Kompany. The Belgian struggled all year with injuries as City finished in second place in the league, bottom of their Champions League group and infamously lost the FA Cup Final 1–0 to Wigan Athletic.
League Cup winner
In March 2014, Kompany lifted the League Cup as his side defeated Sunderland 3-1 in the final at Wembley Stadium.
City came out on top of a thrilling title race with Liverpool in the 2013/14 season. Kompany scored in the 2-0 win over West Ham on the final day before lifting the league title.
Another League Cup in 2016
Kompany was named Man of the Match as City won the 2016 League Cup final, defeating Liverpool on penalties at Wembley.
League Cup final goal
Kompany helped City win the League Cup once again on 2018 as he scored the second goal in his side’s 3-0 win over Arsenal in the final.
Three time champion of England
Kompany became a three time Premier League champion at the end of the 2017/18 season as City became the first English side in history to reach 100 points in a single campaign.
He's won it again...
Kompany lifted his fourth League Cup earlier this year as his side defeated Chelsea on penalties in the final.
In a game that City simply had to win, Kompany scored one of the all time iconic goals against Leicester City. The defender scored his first goal from outside the box for the club, and what a goal it was!
Four time league winner
A win at Brighton on the final day of the season secured a memorable title win for City as they won the league by a point over Liverpool. Kompany became a four time champion.
Bowing out with the FA Cup
Kompany’s final game of his City career ended with him lifting the FA Cup as his side demolished Watford 6-0 at Wembley.