Micah Richards says Manchester City legend left him in awe when he was at the club
Manchester City legend Vincent Kompany has been recognised as one of the top 10 Premier League centre-backs of all time in the latest Match of the Day Top 10 podcast.
The 35-year-old joined the Citizens in 2008 and spent 11 years at the club, during which it grew from a mid-table Premier League outfit into one of the strongest teams in world football.
Kompany made 360 appearances for City, becoming captain, and lifted 12 trophies while at the Etihad – four Premier League titles, four League Cups, two FA Cups and two Super Cups.
The Belgian played as a defensive midfielder during his early days at City, but it wasn’t long before he was switched to centre-half, and he never looked back.
BBC Sport pundit Micah Richards, a former teammate of Kompany’s at City, ranked him as the fourth-best Premier League defender of all time, while Alan Shearer had him at fifth place.
“Sir Vincent Kompany,” said Richards, as quoted by the BBC Sport website.
“We [Manchester City] played at Hamburg in pre-season and he played as a number 10. He was doing tricks, stepovers and had great feet – we signed him.
“One of his first games he was ridiculously good in midfield, spraying passes about.
“In the games after it was just ‘good’ – he could do a good job in there but there was a game against Arsenal when his touch was awful.
“After that he went to centre-back and when he did that I thought ‘wow’ – he was the best defender I’ve ever seen.
“He’s a real leader. He can be selfish at times, he is a perfectionist and if you don’t do things at his level he takes things to heart.
“When he first came to the club under Hughes we were a shambles. Kompany was a major part of taking the club to the next level when the new owners came in.
“He can be a bit serious at times, but he was doing it because he wanted to be the best.”
Kompany left City in 2019 to join Anderlecht, and the following year he retired from playing professionally, becoming manager of the Belgian club.
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