Manchester City have unveiled statues of Vincent Kompany and David Silva ahead of their round three EPL game against Arsenal on Saturday.
Kompany captained the club to their first top-flight title in 2011-2012 when they won the Premier League. The Belgian defender played for City for 11 seasons, captaining them for eight.
The Lanky defender added further league crowns in 2013-14, 2017-18 and 2018-19, as well as lifting the FA Cup twice and the EFL Cup four times, with Silva also sharing in all of that glory.
The statues, which will be illuminated by blue-tinted lighting at night, were created by award-winning sculptor Andy Scott and have been constructed using thousands of welded pieces of galvanised steel.
“I didn’t really expect to be recognised by such a great club in that way,” Kompany told the club’s website.
“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.”
David Josué Jiménez Silva popularly called David Silva scored 77 goals in 436 appearances for the Cityzens.
A World Cup winner and twice European champion with his native Spain, Silva played an integral role in City’s history.
He also won four Premier League titles, two FA Cups, five League Cups and three Community Shields.
Reacting to the statue, the Spanish forward said “Being at City changed my life. I’m proud of what we did together and I feel emotional that it has been recognised like this,”
“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.
“It really reminds me of those times I was on the pitch playing and that moment when I had to find the striker.”
Sergio Aguero who’s Manchester City’s record goalscorer, is set to have his own statue join the existing two next year.