Vincent Kompany's Testimonial Is Full Of Legends, Including Thierry Henry, Paul Scholes And Sergio Aguero
The squads for Vincent Kompany's testimonial have been confirmed ahead of kick-off on Wednesday, 11 September.
The 33-year-old will grace the Etihad pitch for one last time next week, with all proceeds going to Tackle4MCR, an initiative to address rough sleeping and homelessness in Manchester.
Kompany will be joined by some of his former teammates, including Sergio Aguero, James Milner, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Mario Balotelli, to mention just a few.
It has also been confirmed that Pep Guardiola will take charge of the 'Manchester City Legends' squad.
Manchester City Legends - managed by Pep Guardiola
Goalkeepers: Joe Hart, Costel Pantilimon
Defenders: Vincent Kompany, Aleksandr Kolarov, Joleon Lescott, Micah Richards, Kolo Toure, Pablo Zabaleta, Richard Dunne, Gael Clichy
Midfielders: Nigel De Jong, Samir Nasri, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Stephen Ireland, David Silva, Dietmar Hamann, James Milner
Forwards: Craig Bellamy, Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko, Mario Balotelli, Benjani
It has also been announced that some of Kompany's biggest rivals when it came to fighting for the Premier League title will be involved.
A number of former Manchester United players will play in the upcoming testimonial, including Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Robin Van Persie.
Belgium manager Roberto Martinez will take charge of the following 'Premier League All-Stars XI' squad.
Premier League All-Stars XI - Managed by Roberto Martinez
Goalkeepers: Edwin van der Sar, Shay Given
Defenders: Phil Neville, Gary Neville, John O'Shea, Wes Brown
Midfielders: Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, Michael Carrick, Ryan Giggs, Rafael van der Vaart, Cesc Fabregas
Forwards: Thierry Henry, Robin van Persie
Kompany announced that he was officially leaving City In a Facebook post earlier this year. It read:
Community Shield Winners!
Back 2 back League Cup Winners!
Back 2 back Champions of England!
FA Cup Winners!
We've just seen the close of an incredible season.
My 11th as a Blue.
And I cannot believe I'm writing this but ... also my last as a Blue.
Countless of times have I imagined this day, after all, the end has felt nearby for so many years.
It still doesn't feel real.
Man City has given me everything.
I've tried to give back as much as I possibly could.
How often does someone get the chance to end such an important chapter, representing a club with such great history and tradition, in such a great fashion?
The time has come for me to go now.
As overwhelming as it is, I feel nothing but gratefulness.
I am grateful to all those who supported me on a special journey, at a very special club.
I remember the first day, as clear as I see the last.
I remember the boundless kindness I received from the people of Manchester.
I will never forget how all Man City supporters remained loyal to me in good times and especially bad times. Against the odds you have always backed me and inspired me to never give up."