The ex-skipper returns to Manchester for a star-studded testimonial match in his first Etihad appearance since ending his 11-year stay at the club.
On Wednesday he returned, now with a Masters Degree in Business, for the first time since ending his 11-year stay as the club’s most successful captain – with four Premier League titles, two FA Cups and four League Cups also on his C.V.
More than 50,000 people are expected for his testimonial on Wednesday evening – a game that will see the profits go to the homeless charity Tackle4Mcr. There will be legends from both sides of the Manchester divide playing, although Kompany will typically miss the match with a slight hamstring strain.
Injuries sadly had an increasingly significant effect on the latter part of his career, but even when he couldn’t make the same indomitable impact on the pitch he always remained an influence around the Etihad Stadium.
Kompany joined City from Hamburg for just £6 million in 2008 in what Mark Hughes maintains was the best bit of business in the club’s history.
Not only was he a hugely-promising defensive midfielder, destined to mature into a top-class centre-back, he was already a leader.
He became the perfect captain to control an ego-crazy dressing room as it evolved from a top-four challenger into a title winner for the first time in 34 years.
“I think I walked through the door being humble still. I was a leader from the first day but being a legend, you can’t predict those things,” he said ahead of the match.