Where does Kompany rank among the greatest Premier League captains ever?


VINCENT KOMPANY barely let the dust settle on Manchester City’s historic domestic treble before he announced he is leaving the club.

The Belgian has brought down the curtain on his illustrious 11-year spell at the Etihad that has seen him win four Premier League titles, two FA Cups, four League Cups and two Community Shields.

Vincent Kompany won the FA Cup, then announced he would be leaving Manchester City
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He is yet to reveal what his next move will be, but it is likely to continue playing and guarantee first-team football.

Kompany, 33, has suffered various injuries over the past couple of seasons that has seen his game time limited.

But he captained City to the Premier League title, scoring a thundering winner against Leicester in the penultimate game of the campaign.

Here, SunSport takes a look at the Premier League’s greatest captains, where Kompany surely sits proudly alongside.

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Roy Keane

Manchester United were feared in England during Sir Alex Ferguson‘s dominant reign from the early 1990s until the mid-2000s.

And the driving force on the pitch was vocal, snarling, crunching Roy Keane in the middle of the park.

He captained the side to the treble – the league title, the FA Cup and the Champions League – in 1998/99.

What made Keane such a superb captain is that he refused to let his team-mates fall below the standard expected at Manchester United.

How they could do with him now!

Roy Keane was one of the most feared captains in the business – by opponents and his own team-mates
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Patrick Vieira

The French midfielder famous captained the Arsenal “Invincibles” from the 2003/04 season, fighting for every ball whether Arsenal were 1-0 or 4-0 up.

The whole of football licked their lips every time Vieira went into battle with old foe Keane during Arsenal’s legendary tussles with Manchester United.

In truth, Vieria was probably the only person who could match Keane for battle, passion and winning mentality during those glory years.

Patrick Vieira left everything out on the pitch for Arsenal, and captained the Invincibles

Wes Morgan

The burly centre-half is in some illustrious company here, but fully deserves his spot as a great captain.

He led Leicester City to arguably football’s biggest ever shock when the Foxes won the Premier League in 2015/16.

Morgan was the bedrock of the defence. Playing alongside the similarly heavy-set Robert Huth the pair were simply not for passing.

Wes Morgan captained Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester side to a once-in-a-lifetime title triumph
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Tony Adams

The definition of a one-club man, and not just meaning playing for said club.

Adams played heart, passion and desire every time he pulled on the famous red Arsenal jersey.

Named captain by George Graham in 1988 when he was just 21-years-old, he kept the armband until he retired 14 years later.

Led the side to four league titles, three FA Cups and the 1994 European Cup Winners’ Cup.

He also importantly seamlessly adapted to Arsene Wenger‘s futuristic approach football when he took over in 1996 which helped him in his off-the-field battles with alcoholism too.

Tony Adams had the respect of team-mates, managers and the fans as a true leader
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John Terry

Chelsea fans have their “John Terry – Captain, Leader, Legend” proudly displayed at Stamford Bridge.

He is the only footballer to have led his side to five Premier League titles, and also bagged four FA Cups, three League Cups, the Champions League and the Europa League.

He was of course suspended for the Champions League triumph against Bayern Munich in 2012 – but turned up in full kit to lift the trophy.

He was only the second defender in Premier League history to win the Players’ Player of the Year award in 2004/05, winning the title and having the best defensive record in the county.

John Terry is still loved by Chelsea fans who have a banner in homage to the man
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Steven Gerrard

Stevie G will be remembered as having a distinguished career but never winning the Premier League.

But he captained the side to Champions League success in 2005 – scoring his side’s first goal to make it 3-1 to AC Milan at the time.

That started a monumental comeback that Liverpool finish the game 3-3, before winning the silverware on penalties.

He led by example in every game he wore the armband – but also crucially scored key goals in games that Liverpool would go on to turn round.

Steven Gerrard epitomises everything Liverpool fans want in a captain and midfielder
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