Manchester City’s top five ever players

Manchester City have had some banging footballers since the club was founded in 1880 as St Mark’s.

So we’ve decided to take a look at the cream of the City crop over the club’s history.

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5. Bert Trautmann

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Trautmann’s story is up there with the most remarkable in football history. Trautmann was a Luftwaffe paratrooper in the war who was captured by the British in the Second World War. He was transferred to a prisoner of war camp in Lancashire. After the war, he signed for City, whose fans protested his arrival, given his links to the vanquished enemy.

But he won them over with his sensational performances between the sticks. Trautmann famously broke his neck in the 1956 FA Cup final and managed to play on and collect his winner’s medal.

4. Yaya Toure

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He may be out of favour under Pep Guardiola, but Yaya Toure has been instrumental in Manchester City’s recent successes.

On his day, he is the complete midfielder, and scored the winning goals against Manchester United and Stoke in the FA Cup triumph of 2011. He also bagged in the Capital One Cup final against Sunderland and scored 20 times in the 2013-14 season, helping City to their second title in three seasons.

Goals, assists and swashbuckling runs, City fans had never seen a midfielder quite like him before he rocked up from Barcelona. What a player.

3. David Silva

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Like Toure, Silva joined from Spain in 2010, and has been the club’s midfield maestro ever since. The Spain playmaker dictates the tempo, unlocks defences and chimes in with a goal every now and then.

Silva’s slight frame has never proved a problem, even against the toughest Premier League defences.

A stand-out performance was his display in the infamous 6-1 thrashing of Manchester United, when he ran the show.

No wonder Noel Gallagher claims Silva is the best player he’s ever seen in City blue.

2. Colin Bell

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Bell was the perfect example of a goalscoring midfielder. He won the Division One and Division Two titles, while picking up two League Cups and an FA Cup. In 2004, City fans voted to name a stand after Bell at the Etihad.

Any City fan over a certain age will wax lyrical about Bell, who was a regularly topped 15 goals per season in his 14 years at Maine Road.

1. Sergio Aguero

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If you’d have told a Manchester City fan in 2007 that one of the best strikers in the world would be leading their line in 2016, they’d have laughed in your face.

Not only was he responsible for the greatest moment in the club’s history, when he scored against QPR to deliver the first title in 44 years, but he is also one of the best strikers to have graced the Premier League.

Thierry Henry, Alan Shearer and other great Premier League strikers’ goal-to-minute ratio are far inferior to the Argentina goal machine’s. It’s a travesty that Aguero has never been in the Premier League team of the season, despite being widely considered as hands-down the division’s best forward for most of his time here.

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