De Bruyne, Aguero, Silva, Kompany: Who is Man City's greatest ever player?

In 2021/22, Manchester City won their fourth Premier League title in the space of just five years.

The Citizens pipped Liverpool to English football’s biggest prize on the final day of the season thanks to an epic 3-2 comeback victory at home against Aston Villa.

City‘s success since their takeover in 2008 means that a number of players to have donned the sky blue jersey in the era feature in lists of the club’s greatest ever servant.

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher recently stated that he believes talismanic midfielder Kevin De Bruyne is the very best of them all, but the folks over at FourFourTwo don’t see it that way.

In their list ranking City’s greatest ever players, the Belgian superstar doesn’t even make the top five – which is something of a surprise.

Let’s take a look at their top 30…

Kevin De Bruyne celebrates a Man City goal
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – MARCH 06: Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City celebrates after scoring their sides first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Manchester United at Etihad Stadium on March 06, 2022 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

The 30 greatest Man City players

30. Ken Barnes (1950-1961)

29. Shaun Goater (1998-2003)

28. Joe Hayes (1953-1965)

27. Neil Young (1961-1972)

26. Paul Power (1975-1986)

25. Dave Watson (1975-1979)

24. Joe Corrigan (1967-1983)

23. Paul Lake (1986-1996)

22. Tommy Booth (1967-1981)

21. Fred Tilson (1928-1938)

A very old-school feel to the first block of 10. Goater – who was a brilliant striker in his heyday – is the only player above to have represented City in the 21st century.

Shaun Goater celebrates scoring for Man City
27 Jan 2001: Shaun Goater of Manchester City scores the winning goal during the AXA sponsored FA Cup Fourth Round game between Manchester City v Coventry City at Maine Road, Manchester. Mandatory Credit: Laurence Griffiths/ALLSPORT

20. Billy Meredith (1894-1906, 1921-1924)

19. Dennis Tueart (1974-1978, 1980-1983)

18. Frank Swift (1933-1949)

17. Tony Book (1966-1974)

16. Tommy Johnson (1919-1930)

15. Glyn Pardoe (1962-1976)

14. Eric Brook (1929-1938)

13. Mike Doyle (1965-1978)

12. Francis Lee (1967-1974)

11. Mike Summerbee (1965-1975)

More stars of yesteryear. Lee and Summerbee were key to City’s First Division win in 1967/68 and formed a lethal trio with Colin Bell – who we’ll see further down the list.

Man City legend Mike Summerbee
English footballer Mike Summerbee of Manchester City FC, a League Division 1 team at the start of the 1973-74 football season, UK, 30th August 1973. (Photo by Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

10. Fernandinho (2013-2022)

9. Yaya Toure (2010-2018)

8. Alan Oakes (1959-1976)

7. Peter Doherty (1936-1945)

6. Kevin De Bruyne (2015-)

5. Vincent Kompany (2008-2019)

4. Bert Trautmann (1949-1964)

3. Sergio Aguero (2011-2021)

2. Colin Bell (1966-1979)

  1. David Silva (2010-2020)
David Silva in action with Man City
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 23: David Silva of Manchester City celebrates scoring his team’s fifth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on October 23, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

It’s in the top 10 where we see a flurry of faces from City’s post-takeover era, with Silva finishing top of the pile.

Micah Richards will certainly be happy about that, because he’s stated many times that he thinks ‘El Mago’ is City’s greatest ever player.

Bell takes the runner-up spot, with Aguero – the club’s record goalscorer – completing the top three.

De Bruyne’s sixth-place finish seems a tad harsh after what he’s achieved at City in recent years and in terms of pure footballing ability, the club has never had a better footballer – in our opinion anyway.

And if the Belgian brings the Champions League trophy to the Etihad for the first time, he surely has to go down as the Citizens’ GOAT, right?

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