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The Best Manchester City Players of All Time 

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Known for years as the other team in its own city, Manchester City has established itself as a forced to be reckoned with in the Premier League. Since the change in ownership in 2008, City has been one of the biggest spending clubs in the premiership. Since its formation in 1880, Manchester City hadn't experienced a run of success like it has since the Abu Dhabi United group. Over that time, the investment in players has been astronomical and the success on the pitch shows. In 2012, powered by some of the best players in club history. City boasted a roster that included Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure, Joe Hart, David Silva and Vincent Kompany. Widely considered the best team in club history, City toppled inner-city rival Manchester United on the season's final day.

Who are the greatest players in Manchester City history? If you go back in time, there are a slew of great players who have worn the sky blue. Players like Colin Bell, Mike Summerbee and Neil Young, not the rocker, are all considered all time Manchester City great and all were around before the billionaire boost. Either way, City has had some great players over the years.

This is the list of the best players in Manchester City history, whether defenders or midfielders, keepers or strikers. If notice someone who is not on the list, feel free to add him. Vote or re-rank this list according to who you think is the best player in Manchester City history.

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Sergio Agüero is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Manchester City Players of All Time
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David Silva is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Manchester City Players of All Time
Forward and Midfielder from Arguineguín, Spain

Nationality: Spain

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Kevin De Bruyne is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Manchester City Players of All Time
Jqwertyuiop added Midfielder from Drongen, Belgium

Nationality: Belgium, United Kingdom

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Vincent Kompany is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Manchester City Players of All Time
Defender and Midfielder from Uccle, Belgium

Nationality: Belgium

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Yaya Touré is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Manchester City Players of All Time
Defender and Midfielder from Bouaké, Côte d’Ivoire

Nationality: Côte d’Ivoire

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Raheem Sterling is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Manchester City Players of All Time
iiTheLegend1738 added Midfielder from Kingston, Jamaica

Nationality: United Kingdom, England, Jamaica

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Ederson Santana de Morae... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Manchester City Players of All Time
theftfam added Goalkeeper from Osasco, Brazil

Nationality: Brazil

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Bernardo Silva is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Manchester City Players of All Time
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Joe Hart is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Manchester City Players of All Time
Goalkeeper from Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

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Leroy Sane is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Manchester City Players of All Time
iiTheLegend1738 added Leroy Sane
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Fernandinho is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Manchester City Players of All Time
rafred1995 added Fernandinho
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Colin Bell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Manchester City Players of All Time
Midfielder from Hesleden, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

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Kyle Walker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Manchester City Players of All Time
jmzuluaga0 added Defender from Sheffield, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

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Edin Džeko is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Manchester City Players of All Time
scruffenstein added Forward from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Nationality: Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Denis Law is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Manchester City Players of All Time
Forward from Aberdeen, United Kingdom

Nationality: Scotland

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Gabriel Jesus is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Manchester City Players of All Time
jmzuluaga0 added Gabriel Jesus
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Aymeric Laporte is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Manchester City Players of All Time
rafred1995 added

Nationality: France

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John Stones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Manchester City Players of All Time
theftfam added Defender from Barnsley, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

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Mario Balotelli is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Manchester City Players of All Time
theftfam added
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Carlos Tevez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Manchester City Players of All Time
scruffenstein added Forward from Ciudadela, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Nationality: Argentina

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Nicolás Otamendi ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Manchester City Players of All Time
iiTheLegend1738 added Defender from Buenos Aires, Argentina

Nationality: Argentina

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Pablo Zabaleta is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Manchester City Players of All Time
scruffenstein added Defender and Midfielder from Buenos Aires, Argentina

Nationality: Argentina

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Aleksandar Kolarov is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Manchester City Players of All Time
Tùng Phạm added Defender and Midfielder from Belgrade, Serbia

Nationality: Serbia

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Frank Lampard is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Manchester City Players of All Time
rafred1995 added Midfielder from Romford, London, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

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Mike Summerbee is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Manchester City Players of All Time
Forward from City of Preston, Lancashire, United Kingdom

Nationality: England