Manchester City Unveils Statues of Former Stars
Manchester City honoured Former Captain Vincent Kompany and his assistant, David Silva as they unveiled their statues outside the Etihad Stadium.
Both players were to how big the club has become in the last decade, leading the team by example and over the course of their careers in Manchester, played a combined 796 games for the club.
Between them, Kompany and Silva won a combined eight Premier League titles, four FA Cups, nine League Cups, and five Community Shields.
Kompany, who left the club for Anderlecht in 2019 and is now the Belgian side’s manager, says that he is was shocked by the club’s decision to build the statue, but is honoured by the gesture.
Talking to the club's website, he said “I didn’t really expect to be recognized by such a great club in that way,”
“My wife is from Manchester, my kids are born in Manchester, and they go back to a place where they can see something that represents what their Dad has achieved and that is something that I can’t describe.
“The first time I saw the statue I couldn’t believe how big it was, but then again, I’m a big boy, so fair enough! And then especially the pose, for me it means a lot.”
As for Silva, he left City for Real Sociedad in 2020 and made 19 appearances for the La Liga outfit last season, as they finished fifth.
He says that he ‘loves’ the statue and what it represents.
“Being at City changed my life. I’m proud of what we did together and I feel emotional that it has been recognized like this,” Silva stated.
“When I first saw the statue, I felt good, I thought it was like me.
“This statue really represents the way I like to play, I love the pose the sculptor has chosen.