Manchester City will unveil statues of former players Vincent Kompany and David Silva ahead of Saturday’s Premier League game against Arsenal with another from Sergio Aguero to follow in 2022.
The trio have been key players in City’s emergence as football’s superpower and have played crucial roles on the pitch.
Kompany, now Anderlecht’s head coach, captained City for the Premier League title in 2011-12, their first English league championship in 44 years.
The Belgian won three more in 2013-14, 2017-18, 2018-19 in addition to two FA Cups and four League Cups.
Aguero, who left City at the end of last season and joined Barcelona, is City’s all-time top scorer with 260 goals.
The Argentine striker’s most famous goal has delivered this first Premier League title in spectacular fashion with practically the last kick of the game against QPR.
Spanish midfielder Silva, now at Real Socieded, was also instrumental in City’s success and made 436 appearances in all competitions for the club between 2010 and 2020.
Award-winning sculptor Andy Scott was the artist responsible for creating the statues on behalf of the city.
City president Khaldoon Al Mubarak said the decision to honor the three players was based on their unprecedented contribution to the club’s transformation.
He told City’s website: “Ultimately Vincent and David don’t need statues to dedicate their achievements at Manchester City over the past decade. They are already revered as icons of their generation.
“But what these works offer us and generations to come is the opportunity to remember and savor the truly magical moments created by the two men.”
Al Mubarak has since indicated that further work is being done to ensure that legends from earlier eras are properly celebrated.
Scott added: “Upon hearing that I had secured the commission to bring Vincent, David and now Sergio to life in sculpture form, I was absolutely delighted.
“It is an incredible honor to be working on something that will be visited by hundreds of thousands of fans as they remember and celebrate the achievements of their football heroes.”