Manchester City have concluded plans to honour club legends David Silva and Vincent Kompany with statues. The club will unveil the statues at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday ahead of the home game against Arsenal.
City earlier announced plans to honour the two players along with Sergio Aguero last year. The club then commissioned award-winning British artist Andy Scott to create the sculptures.
The first two are now ready and will be revealed to the fans at the Etihad on Saturday. The statues will serve as a permanent tribute to the players for their great service to the club.
Seen as two of the greatest players to have adorned the club’s jersey, the pair alongside former striker Sergio Aguero will enjoy the rare privilege.
Kompany spent 11 years at the Etihad Stadium and brought the fans many beautiful moments. The Belgian rose to become captain and led the team to win several trophies. He not only performed his primary duty at the back when on the field of play but also went forward to score some important goals.
His thunderous strike against Leicester City to secure a 1-0 victory in his final season is etched into the hearts of many City faithful. The goal helped secure the league title in 2019. He will also be remembered for his leadership on and off the pitch.
Silva, on the other hand, was at the club for a decade. "El Mago" as he is fondly called produced some scintillating displays in the middle of the park. He delivered goals, assists and magical moments that brought joy to the Cityzens.
Along with Aguero, the duo were instrumental in helping the club overtake neighbours United to become the dominant force in English football.
But they didn’t do it alone.
Other notable figures like Yaya Toure, Pablo Zabaleta and Joe Hart also played key roles in the club’s success. Their contributions helped transform City into one of the best teams in England today.
These are all players that also deserve statues from the club. Hence, we will remain grateful to them for their service.
Hopefully, the next generation will be inspired by this gesture to do even better by taking the club to greater heights.