Club: Manchester City
With his reputation for fearless leadership and an exemplary attitude towards the game and his teammates, it is sometimes difficult to believe that Kompany is still only 27.
Since he arrived at Manchester City from Bundesliga side Hamburg in 2008, the Belgian has marshalled the backline at the Etihad Stadium with a terrific combination of power, strength and grace.
While Manuel Pellegrini's City are sweeping all before them now, they didn't fare particularly well away from home without their influential captain earlier in the season.
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