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TOP 5: Who are the best players Man City has seen?

With Manchester City having relinquished top spot in the Premier League, we thought it a good chance to take a closer look at the club.

The Citizens have long been a bit-part player in England's top flight but that all changed after the Abu Dhabi United Group took over back in 2008.

Since then, City have won two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and one League Cup in what has been by far the club's most successful modern era.

With City having lost their past two league matches to West Ham United and Tottenham, it was high time to peer through the magnifying glass at the club's best players during the Premier League era.

Without further ado, here are's selections:


5. Carlos Tevez

Argentine striker Tevez was one of the most important signings of the Sheikh Mansour era.

The 31-year-old arrived at City from crosstown rivals Manchester United in the summer of 2009, displaying the club's complete intent at matching it with the Premier League big boys - particularly their much more successful neighbours.

Tevez duly scored 29 goals in all competitions in his debut campaign for a total of 73 in 148 in all appearances for the club.

He may have only contributed to two pieces of silverware (2012 Premier League and 2011 FA Cup) but his legacy lives on due to the array of big-name signings City have been able to make since they courageously pried him away from Old Trafford.

4. David Silva

Star playmaker Silva is one of the most sublimely gifted players the Premier League has ever seen.

29-year-old Spain international Silva boasts two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and a League Cup to his club credentials, along with one World Cup and two European Championships at international level.

Pulling the strings in the heart of City's frequent attacks, Silva is a one-time Premier League Team of the Year selectee who has notched up around 230 appearances for City.

The diminutive midfielder is known as 'Merlin' or 'El Mago' for his ability to produce the magical, especially in tight situations.

3. Vincent Kompany

Captain Kompany has been a rock in the heart of City's defence since arriving from Hamburg in 2008.

The 29-year-old Belgium international, who only cost the club £6million, has been an influential figure in the recent gaining of silverware which has been unprecedented in the club's history, apart from the glory days in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Kompany was named the 2012 Premier League Player of the Year - in a premiership-winning campaign - and has since emerged as one of the best central defenders in world football.

In recent times, the team has struggled without Kompany whenever he has been sidelined, which shines the spotlight on his positive impact for Manuel Pellegrini's men.

The two-time Premier League Team of the Year inclusion has four trophies with City, including two Premier League titles.

2. Sergio Aguero

The Argentine striker has been prolific since arriving at the Etihad Stadium from Atletico Madrid in 2011.

27-year-old Aguero has scored a remarkable 110 goals in 174 appearances for City, including 79 from 127 Premier League outings.

In his debut season with City, Aguero netted 23 league goals to guide the club to their first top flight title since 1968, and added a further 17 to his tally as Pellegrini's outfit took out the 2013/14 premiership.

Aguero has been integral to the club's recent successes and is a clear fan favourite of the blue side of Manchester. Will only add to his legendary status as his career progresses in the UK.

1. Yaya Toure

The powerful midfielder has been, and still is, one of City's best-ever players.

32-year-old Ivory Coast native Toure joined the club from Barcelona for £24million back in 2010, showing City's intent early in the Mansour era.

Toure has been central to the cub's modern day prosperity and is often the driving force behind every forward foray and provides cover at the back with his box-to-box playing style.

Has been linked with a City exit in recent years but remains faithful to the club he has already provided so much for.

Toure netted the only goal in the 2011 FA Cup triumph over Stoke City, scored the equalising goal in the 2014 League Cup win over Sunderland and hit the back of the net on 20 occasions in the 2014 title-winning campaign, highlighting his importance to any City XI he starts in.

Evidently, this quintet have been front and centre to City's most successful modern age but there was a cycle where the Sky Blues did not often reach the heights they do now.

To honour the pre-Mansour generation, we selected a handful of key City players throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, not necessarily guys who figured prominently in the Premier League.

Honourable mentions

Niall Quinn

The towering Irishman, who has since been a star striker, manager and chairman at Sunderland, rose to prominence with Man City.

Quinn was signed from Arsenal in 1990 and scored 78 goals for the club, in just over 200 appearances.

An injury-plagued stint at City still produced a solid scoring record in a struggling side in a career that also saw him famously save a penalty, after earlier scoring, when City keeper Tony Coton had been sent off back in 1991.

Richard Dunne

Monumental central defender for the club who could have almost snuck into the Top 5.

The 36-year-old won an unprecedented four successive Player of the Year awards between 2005 and 2008.

Dunne made over 250 Premier League appearances for City after joining from Everton in 2000 and departing for Aston Villa in 2009.

Was a victim of the Mansour era when a number of star names began to arrive but will always be remembered as a fantastic contributor at City.

Uwe Rosler

German forward Rosler was a player with cult status at City.

Known as 'Der Bomber' because legend had it that his grandfather bombed Old Trafford during World War II. Rosler once posed in a 'Rosler's Grandad Bombed Old Trafford' shirt back in 1995.

Scored 64 goals in 176 outings in sky blue and was at his best for City during the 1993/94 season.

Shaun Goater

The Bermudan striker, who kicked off his career at United, will forever be a cult hero at City.

Goater scored 103 goals in 212 appearances for the club from 1998 to 2003, endearing himself to the Maine Road faithful.

Not technically gifted as many of his goals were not a thing of beauty, but Goater was a much-loved City player who topped the club's scoring charts on four occasions.

'Feed the Goat and he will score!'

Georgi Kinkladze

The Georgian was signed as a virtual no-name from Dinamo Tbilisi in 1995.

Kinkladze was City's Player of the Year in 1995/96 and again won the individual award in the first division when staying put against the odds following an unfortunate relegation.

Fans wanted him to remain and petitioned 'Kinky' to hang around but another relegation to the third tier sealed his fate and he finally exited Eastlands for Ajax in 1998, but not before becoming a City great during his short stay.

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