Present and past premier league stars played at the Vincent Kompany’s testimonial as a Manchester City legends XI drew 2-2 with a Premier League legends side. The 33-year-old, who joined Anderlecht in the summer, played no part at Etihad Stadium due to a hamstring injury. The math held at Etihad stadium on 11th September to bid the City’s former captain goodbye for his dedicated services to the team.
Martin Petrov put City ahead from an acute angle but Robbie Keane equalised. Robin van Persie fired the Premier League side ahead from long range but Benjani’s header gave City a draw. The money raised from the friendly will go towards Tackle4MCR, a charity Kompany set up with Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham to help with homelessness in the city. Earlier in the day, City announced they had commissioned a sculpture of Kompany to be built outside the Etihad, while a road within the club’s training ground has been renamed Vincent Kompany Crescent. Before the match, Kompany’s father, Pierre, said his son should one day be president of FIFA. Pierre, who last year became Belgium’s first black mayor, said: “If I can talk on his behalf, Vincent should one day be the president of FIFA. That should be his place to help children in all the world into sport.”
City took the lead early on when Martin Petrov (centre) found the net
Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville had a night to forget as he pulled his hamstring and was forced off
Robin van Persie (centre) celebrated his second-half goal with Ryan Giggs (left) and Ashley Cole (right)
City boss Pep Guardiola took charge of the hosts while Belgium manager Roberto Martinez led the Premier League all-stars
Kompany’s former City team-mate Mario Balotelli (right) was at the match but did not play
Kompany and Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak unveiled a mosaic at the newly-named Vincent Kompany Crescent at City’s training campus