21st May, 2019
It is always the best thing to do when actor or actress quits the stage when the ovation is still loud enough. That is exactly the wisdom applied by Manchester City’s captain, Vincent Kompany as he announced he was leaving the club in the middle of the celebrations that followed the team’s historic treble in British football history.
It was surely a beautiful sight to behold as he celebrated the occasion with his teammates with the ever reliable defender bidding farewell to Manchester City’s supporters by declaring his undying love for the club he believes to be the best in the world – then signed off with a mic drop at their trophy parade.
Player and Club decided to break the news on Sunday informing the fans that the Belgian has decided to depart the club after 11 meritorious years of service, as he returns to Anderlecht to take up a player-manager role.
Vincent Kompany has enjoyed great success at City, winning four Premier League titles and the EFL Cup on four occasions. He is also a two-time FA Cup winner after Saturday’s 6-0 hammering of Watford at Wembley.
The defeat of Watford in that historic cup final clinched an unprecedented domestic treble for Manchester City, having already won the Premier League and EFL Cup this season, thereby allowing Kompany to depart on a high.
The team took to the streets of Manchester on Monday for an open-top bus parade displaying those three trophies and the Community Shield to an over-joyed and highly motivated group of fans and of course, giving Vicent Kompany the opportunity to say goodbye to the appreciative fans in style.
And the following is what the captain had to say to them all: “I’ve wanted to do this all my life. You are the best club in the world, I don’t care whether you win the Champions League or not.
“You are the best club in the world and remember that forever. These guys deserve all your love every day of the week, every single day of the year they’ll work hard.”
“This is the way I want to leave, I love you – I’m out,” Kompany concluded before dropping the microphone.
Before all of that happened,a footage of musician Noel Gallagher – a City fan – thanking Kompany for his service was shown on the big screen, before the musician played ‘Wonderwall’ in tribute to the Belgian, with both supporters and the rest of the squad singing along.