Top 10 Best Man City Signings of the Sheikh Mansour Era
The City of Manchester was always known to be dominated by only one team i.e. The Alex Ferguson lead Manchester United. There were very few who actually supported the 'Other Manchester Club' - Manchester City.
Known to be a mid-table team since its inception. The last 10 seasons for Man City have been nothing short of Historical. Man City have won every English Cup and Trophies the top-flight football in England has to offer.
Manchester City was taken over by Sheikh Mansour's Abu Dhabi United Group about 10 years ago and has shaped the club into one of the recent greats. He has splurged more than 1.5 Billion euros into Player Recruitments with more than 70+ signings in the past decade.
Let us rank the Top 10 best Man City players of Sheikh Mansour's era in the last 10 years who were instrumental in shaping the whole club's history
10. Bernardo Silva (2017 - Current)
We start our list of the best Man City players of the last 10 years with Bernardo Silva.
Portuguese star Bernardo Silva arrived from AS Monaco's Ligue 1 title-winning campaign in 2017. The versatile playmaker has had an outstanding playmaking season since he arrived at the club.
Bernardo Silva is one tireless player at the club who manages to play 40+ games per season and is even a goal scorer and not only a provider for the squad. Most of the pundits call him underrated due to his calm and composed nature on the field, but is as effective as any other world-class midfielder
9. Carlos Tevez (2009-2013)
There is a saying, You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain. This is what perfectly fits in for Carlos Tevez.
One of Manchester United's excellent strikers who had a fall of with Sir Alex Ferguson in the dying stages of his United spell made a switch to the rivals, Manchester City.
He was an emergency signing for the City clan due to the failed impact of Robinho on the pitch. Spoiler alert: there are quite a few South-Americans on our list of best Man City players of last 10 years.
Sir Alex Ferguson even made a comment saying, "It's City, isn't it? They're a small club with a small mentality. All they can talk about is Manchester United; they can't get away from it; They think taking Carlos Tevez away from Manchester United is a triumph. It is poor stuff".
However, his arrival marked the much-wanted change in the Club, he was even given the captain's armband by Roberto Mancini over Vincent Kompany, thereby showing his importance for the club.
His City career was also marked with a few controversies, but his impact is never to be denied and hence, Tevez deserves a spot on our list of best Man City players of the last 10 years.
8. Ederson Moraes (2017 - Current)
Ederson arrived at Manchester City with a reputation of being one of the bright youngest prospects in the world.
The Brazilian signed with Manchester City in 2007 to replace the aging Claudio Bravo who was not as effective between the poles as once he was.
The transfer at that time made him the 2nd most expensive goalkeeper in the history of the game and currently the 4th highest. In 2018 he became the 1st Manchester City Goalkeeper to provide an assist.
Ederson's fantastic footwork including the sheer distance of some kicks wherein in 2018 he broke the Guinness World Record for longest Drop Kick at 75.35 meters. Ederson has currently played 191 matches for City and still, he is contracted till 2025 with the Citizens.
Not the only goalkeeper on the list, Ederson could move up a few places in the future as the best Man City players of the last 10 years.
7. Fernandinho (2013 - Current)
The Brazilian Defensive Midfielder arrived at Manchester City after setting a reputation in the Russian League in 2013.
Fernandinho is well known in the Premier League for his defensive ability and reading of the game. He has been a vital piece for Man City midfield over the years and replacing him would be a challenge for Pep Guardiola.
An unsung hero for Man City, now leaning to the age of 36, next year could be a final year on the card for the Manchester City midfielder. With already four Premier League titles to his name, Fernandinho deserves a place on our list of the best Man City players of the last 10 years.
6. Joe Hart (2006-2018)
The City Native, Joe Hart was associated with Manchester City for almost 12 years. He initially did not get much playing time since his arrival but had numerous loan spells with teams in the Championship and Premier League during his tenure with the team.
Joe Hart's performances with City earned him a callup for the England Squad and since then had been a regular 1st choice keeper for the National Squad. He made a total of 266 appearances for the City in the Premier League.
5. Yaya Toure (2010 - 2018)
Probably one of the best African Midfielders to play in the English Premier League. Yaya Toure had established himself as a dependant player during his stint with FC Barcelona and signed with Citizens in 2010 and stayed with the club until 2018.
Yaya Toure was the ideal box-to-box midfielder for City who had everything that you would dream of from a perfect midfielder, goals, long-range shots, passing ability, defensive colossus, physicality, danger from set-pieces.
The Ivory Coast International won several individual accolades during his tenure with City, where he made the PFA Team of the year twice. Without a doubt, Yaya Toure deserves the fifth position on our list of the best Man City players of the last 10 years.
4. Kevin De Bruyne (2015 - Current)
The list for the best Man city players of the last 10 years couldn't get more absorbing as next up is the Belgian wizard, Kevin De Bruyne.
The Chelsea outcast, who had loan spells with Genk and Werder Bremen, was touted to be another loanee player for Chelsea FC. However, he went on to sign with Wolfsberg in the German Bundesliga and then in the Year 2014-15 won the Bundesliga Player of the year award.
Looking at his performances in Germany, Manchester City Splurged a club record of €55 million Euros for his services, since then he has been the best player on the pitch.
Kevin De Bruyne is described as a complete footballer by Pep Guardiola. He can also operate in several other positions, and has been used as a winger or second striker; he has even been deployed in a deeper creative midfield position, or even in a box-to-box role on occasion, or as a false 9.
De Bruyne was voted as the City Player of the Season, UEFA Midfielder of the Year, and the coveted PFA Player of the Year for his amazing 2019-20 season.
3. Vincent Kompany (2008 - 2019)
A Blue wall, Captain, Leader of the Manchester City clan was Vincent Kompany. The Belgian joined Manchester City in 2008, where City was a mid-table team and can be considered to be the 1st player to join the City rebuild.
He is considered to be one of the bargains buys in the City Era. He was listed 23rd in the 100 best footballers in the world by The Guardian in 2012. Kompany's leadership at the back was vital for Man City's success in the League. He spent 11 seasons with the club before leaving in 2019.
Hence, Vincent Kompany occupies third position on our list of best Man City players of the last 10 years.
2. David Silva (2010-2020)
David Silva arrived at Manchester City in the 2010-11 season from La Liga club, Valencia.
Former England Caption Alan Sherar mentions that David Silva is 'one of the best foreign players in Premier League history, up there with Thierry Henry, Eric Cantona, and Sergio Aguero'.
Being one of the most creative players in the Premier League, David Silva created most chances in the Premier League in the past decade creating a total of 793 goalscoring opportunities.
It was almost impossible to tackle him or take the ball away from the little Spanish maestro. He was at times simply unplayable.
Ma City has always rotated players this season to fill in the shoes of David Silva, but it seems like they are still in their trial phase, Will Phil Foden replace his position?
Hence, analyzing David Silva's contribution to the club in the last 10 years, he definitely deserves the second spot on our list been one of the best Man City players of the last decade.
1. Sergio Aguero (2011 - 2021)
Sergio Aguero has been a prolific goalscorer for City and considered to be one of the Greatest Strikers in the Premier League era.
His once-in-a-lifetime moment came in the year 2011-2012 season which was his 1st season with the club post his record transfer from Atletico Madrid in the summer.
It was the final day of the season and the City were leading on goal difference in the Premier League, tied with them were the rivals Manchester United.
Manchester City had to win the match to secure their maiden Premier League Crown and in the 94th minute of the match, Agueroooooooooooooo scores taking the tally up to 3-2 against Queens Park Rangers.
Hence, Sergio Aguero tops our list of the best Man City players of the last 10 years due to heroics and sublime goals for City.
Manchester City's Achievements Post 2010 Season
- English Premier League - 5
- FA Cups - 2
- EFA Cups - 6
- FA Community Shield - 3
- Domestic Treble - Premier League, FA Cup, and EFA Cup - 2018-19
Do you agree with our listing of the top Man City players under the Sheikh Mansour Era in the last 10 years? Who would be your most favourite City player out of the above list.