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Best Manchester City forwards of all time

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Today we want to review the old, proud and popular club of Manchester City and present a list of the best Manchester City forwards of all time in our opinion!

It is impossible to be a fan of the Premier League and not be familiar with

Manchester City

! Located in Manchester, the club was founded in 1880 under the original name of St. Mark's (West Gorton) and was renamed in 1894 to its current name, Manchester City.

Manchester City won their first great honor by winning the Copa del Rey in 1904. The club had its first major period of success in the late 1960s, but declined in the late 1980s, and has been performing well again since 2016.

Manchester City is the first and only English men's team to have won the domestic trio.

With revenues of € 568.4 million in 2018-19, Manchester City ranked fifth in the highest paid football clubs in the world. It is also the most valuable club in the world in terms of the total value of its players from the point of view of the transfer market. The transfer market in May 2020 estimated the value of City Club at € 1.02BN.

In the following, we will briefly review the honors of Manchester City club. Then we will present a list of best ever Manchester City forwards in our opinion, and share the personal and professional backgrounds of each of these all-time best Manchester City strikers.

Best Manchester City forwards of all time

Before we get into the list of Best Manchester City forwards ever in our opinion, we will have a brief overview of the honors of Manchester City Club.

Honors of Manchester City

  • First Division / Premier League (Level 1): Winners (6)

  • Second Division / First Division / Championship (Level 2): Winners (7)

  •  Third Division / Second Division / League One (Level 3): Play-off winners (1)

  • FA Cup: Winners (6)

  • Football League Cup / EFL Cup: Winners (7)

  • FA Charity Shield / FA Community Shield: Winners (6)

  • European / UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: Winners (1)

  • League and EFL Cup (2) in 2013–14, 2017–18

  • EFL Cup and UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (1) in 1969–70

  • Domestic Treble (League, FA Cup, and EFL Cup) (1) in 2018–19

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In the following, we will have a brief overview of the personal and professional characteristics of the best strikers in the history of Manchester City in our opinion!

Sergio Aguero

  • Full name:

    Sergio Leonel Agüero del Castillo

  • Date of birth:

    2 June 1988 (age 32)

  • Place of birth:

    Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • Height:

    1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)

  • Playing position(s):

    Striker

  • Current team:

    Manchester City

  • National team:

    2006–; Argentina

Senior career:

Independiente, Atlético Madrid,

Manchester City (Appearances: 264, Goals: 180)

The first player of the list of the

best ever Manchester City forwards

in our opinion is Sergio Aguero.

Aguero who wears "Kun" on his shirt, a childhood nickname based on the title character from the cartoon Kum-Kum, is a versatile player whose playing style is characterized by agility, acceleration and strength.

Inspired by former Brazilian striker Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Ronaldinho and Diego Maradona as the best players to have played the game in his acting style, he married Gianinna Maradona, Maradona's youngest daughter, but unfortunately the couple separated two years after the birth of their son Benjamin.

Among the honors of this brilliant player with Manchester City we can mention four Premier League titles, one FA Cup and one Runner-up, five Football League/EFL Cups, and three FA Community Shields. And from the individual point of view, he was World Soccer Young Player of the Year (1), FSF Player of the Year (1), Manchester City Player of the Year (2), and Premier League Player of the Month (7).

Being part of PFA Premier League Team of the Year (2), he has won one Premier League Golden Boot Award and one Manchester City Goal of the Season Award.

The next player in the list of

best Manchester City forwards of all time

in our opinion is Eric Brook.

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Eric Brook

  • Full name:

    Eric Fred Brook

  • Date of birth:

    27 November 1907

  • Place of birth:

    Mexborough, Yorkshire, England

  • Date of death:

    29 March 1965 (aged 57)

  • Place of death:

    Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester, England

  • Playing position(s):

    Outside Left

  • National team:

    1929–1937; England, 1934-1939; The Football League XI, 1939; FA XI

Senior career:

Barnsley,

Manchester City (Appearances: 450, Goals: 158)

Eric Brook is another player in the list of the

best Manchester City forwards

ever in our opinion.

He was a very strong muscular player and his shots were very strong and fast. In addition, he was a talented penalty taker and holds a special place as one of the best pre-war players in the history of Manchester City, England and football fans.

His honors with Manchester City are one FA Cup, one Football League First Division, and one FA Community Shield. He was inducted into the Manchester City Hall of Fame in 2004.

The next player in the list of

best Manchester City forwards of all time

in our opinion is Francis Lee.

Francis Lee

  • Full name:

    Francis Henry Lee

  • Date of birth:

    29 April 1944 (age 76)

  • Place of birth:

    Westhoughton, Lancashire, England

  • Playing position(s):

    Forward

  • National team:

    1968–1972; England

Senior career:

Bolton Wanderers,

Manchester City (Appearances: 249, Goals: 112)

, Derby County

Francis Lee is one other player in the list of

best strikers in Manchester City history

in our opinion.

Nickname "Lee Won Pen", Lee joined Manchester City on a £60,000 contract in 1967.

Lee's presence on the team played a role in the team's success, and the club's then-manager, Mercer, described him as "the final piece of the chainsaw".

One of Lee's most brilliant moments at Manchester City was the moment he scored from the penalty spot in the 1970 European Cup Winners' Cup final, which Manchester City fans will never forget.

He is said to have specialized in harassment and penalties, and some journalists used the nickname "Lee One Pen" for him.

Lee, who played for Manchester City until the 1971-72 season, scored the most goals in the Manchester derby, scoring 10 goals in total against Manchester United, but that record was later broken by Wayne Rooney on 22 September 2013.

His honors with Manchester City are one Football League First Division, one FA Cup, one League Cup, two FA Charity Shields, and one UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1970.

He was Manchester City top scorer for five consecutive seasons and was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2010.

The next player in the list of

best Manchester City forwards of all time

in our opinion is Tommy Johnson.

Tommy Johnson

  • Full name:

    Thomas Clark Fisher Johnson

  • Date of birth:

    19 August 1901

  • Place of birth:

    Dalton-in-Furness, England

  • Date of death:

    28 January 1973 (aged 71)

  • Place of death:

    Manchester, England

  • Playing position(s):

    Striker

  • Senior career: Manchester City (Appearances: 328, Goals: 158)

    , Everton, Liverpool, Darwen

  • National team:

    1926–1933; England

Tommy Johnson is another player in the list of the

all-time best Manchester City strikers

in our opinion.

A capable and versatile striker, he could play as a centre forward or insider forward.

Johnson joined

Manchester City

in 1919 and played for the club throughout the 1920s, and then moced to

Everton

,

Liverpool

and Darwen.

He was known for his powerful left-footed shot, and with his good physical strength, high speed and powerful shots, he was able to become a level one striker.

Johnson holds the record for most Manchester City players scored in a season with 38 goals in the 1928-29 season.

He played in the 1926 FA Cup final for Manchester City and in 1927 won the second division with the team.

The next player in the list of

best Manchester City forwards of all time

in our opinion is Carlos Tevez.

Carlos Tevez

  • Full name:

    Carlos Alberto Tevez

  • Date of birth:

    5 February 1984 (age 36)

  • Place of birth:

    Ciudadela, Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • Height:

    1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)

  • Playing position(s):

    Forward

  • Current team:

    Boca Juniors

  • National team:

    2004–2015; Argentina

Senior career:

Corinthians, West Ham United, Manchester United, 

Manchester City (Appearances: 113, Goals: 58)

, Juventus, Shanghai Shenhua, Boca Juniors

Carlos Tevez is one other player of the list of

Manchester City best forwards ever

in our opinion.

Capable of playing as a striker, as a winger, as a supporting forward, or as an attacking midfielder, most of his fame is due to his vision, creativity, movement and passing ability, which enable him to exploit space and provide assists for teammates as well as score goals himself.

In Manchester City, Tevez often performed a goal celebration dance where he puts his hands together, bends down and rocks his body; this dance has been named after him as the "Tevez Dance".

Among his honors with Manchester City we can mention one Premier League title, one FA Cup, and one FA Community Shield.

And from the individual point of view, he was South American Footballer of the Year (3), Player of the Year of Argentina (2), Manchester City Official Supporter's Player of the Year (1), Manchester City Player's Player of the Year (1), and Serie A Footballer of the Year (1).

Being part of PFA Premier League Team of the Year (1) and UEFA Europa League Team of the Season (1), he won Summer Olympics Golden Boot in 2004, Bola de Ouro and Bola de Prata both in 2005, Premier League Golden Boot in 2010-11, and two Guerin d'Oro in 2014 and 2015.

The next player in the list of best Manchester City forwards of all time in our opinion is Neil Young.

Neil Young

  • Full name:

    Neil James Young

  • Date of birth:

    17 February 1944

  • Place of birth:

    Fallowfield, Manchester, England

  • Date of death:

    3 February 2011 (aged 66)

  • Height:

    6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)

  • Playing position(s):

    Inside-forward / Winger

  • Senior career: Manchester City (Appearances: 334, Goals: 86)

    , Preston North End, Rochdale

  • National team:

    England Youth

Neil Young is one other player in the list of best forwards in Manchester City history in our opinion.

Young, who played for Manchester City for 11 seasons, was a calm and ethical player who was very popular with the club's fans in the 1960s.

He was instrumental in Manchester City's victories in the late 1960s and early 1970s. One of his most brilliant moments at Manchester City was scoring the only goal of the team in the 1969 FA Cup final. He also scored in the 1970 European Cup Winners' Cup Final.

Some of his honors with Manchester City are one First Division title, one Second Division title, one FA Cup, one FA Charity Shield, and one UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.

The next place in the list of best Manchester City forwards of all time in our opinion belongs to Shaun Goater.

Shaun Goater

  • Full name:

    Leonard Shaun Goater

  • Date of birth:

    25 February 1970 (age 50)

  • Place of birth:

    Hamilton, Bermuda

  • Height:

    1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)

  • Playing position(s):

    Striker

  • Current team:

    Macclesfield Town (youth coach)

  • National team:

    1987–2004; Bermuda

Senior career:

Manchester United, Rotherham United, Notts County (loan), Bristol City,

Manchester City (Appearances: 184, Goals: 84)

, Reading, Coventry City (loan), Southend United, Bermuda Hogges, North Village Rams

Shaun Goater is another player in the list of Manchester City best forwards ever in our opinion.

He joined Manchester City in 1998 on a £ 400,000 contract and played for the club for five seasons.

His presence in the team was very effective and he scored points in various games for Manchester City, so that he was the team's top scorer in 4 consecutive seasons out of 5 seasons.

One of the coolest things about him is that Goater holds the record for the fastest goal of a substitute in the history of the Premier League: just 9 seconds after entering the field!

His honors with Manchester City are Football League Second Division play-offs in 1998–99 and Football League First Division in 2001–02.

And from the individual point of view, he was Football League First Division Top Scorer in 2001–02, and part of PFA Team of the Year in 1997–98 and 2001–02.

The next player in the list of best Manchester City forwards of all time in our opinion is Niall Quinn.

Niall Quinn

  • Full name:

    Niall John Quinn

  • Date of birth:

    6 October 1966 (age 54)

  • Place of birth:

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Height:

    1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)

  • Playing position(s):

    Striker

  • National team:

    1986–2002; Republic of Ireland

Senior career:

Arsenal,

Manchester City (Appearances: 204, Goals: 66)

, Sunderland, BEC Tero Sasana

Niall Quinn is one other player in the list of best ever Manchester City strikers in our opinion.

He joined Manchester City in 1990 on a £ 800,000 contract and remained with the team until the end of the 1995-96 season.

One of the most exciting moments of his time at Manchester City was the derby against Manchester United on April 20, 1991. He was really the man of the match!

In this game he scored early on and saved a penalty as City beat Derby County 2–1, relegating Derby in the process. City goalkeeper Tony Coton had been sent off before half time for fouling Dean Saunders to concede the penalty. At this time teams rarely named goalkeepers as substitutes, so Quinn replaced Coton in goal.

He was Irish Young Player of the Year (1), Manchester City Player of the Year (1), Sunderland Player of the Year (1), and North East Football Writers' Player of year (1).

Being part of PFA First Division Team of the Year (1), he won one PFA Merit Award in 2002.

The next player in the list of best players in Manchester City history in our opinion is Uwe Rosler.

Uwe Rosler

  • Full name:

    Uwe Rosler

  • Date of birth:

    15 November 1968 (age 51)

  • Place of birth:

    Altenburg, East Germany

  • Height:

    1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)

  • Playing position(s):

    Centre forward

  • Current team:

    Fortuna Düsseldorf (manager)

  • National team:

    1990; East Germany

Senior career:

1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig, BSG Chemie Leipzig, 1. FC Magdeburg, Dynamo Dresden, 1. FC Nürnberg, Dynamo Dresden (loan),

Manchester City (Appearances: 152, Goals: 50)

, 1. FC Kaiserslautern, Tennis Borussia Berlin, Southampton, West Bromwich Albion (loan), SpVgg Unterhaching, Lillestrøm

Uwe Rosler is one other player of our list of Best Manchester City strikers ever in our opinion.

In March 1994, Rosler joined Manchester City on a trial basis. In the opportunity given to him, he scored two goals in his first game against Burnley, and as a result, came to Manchester City on loan for three months. During this quarter, he scored five goals in twelve games and eventually became a constant player of the team.

An accurate and talented goal scorer, he created beautiful scoring opportunities with his masterful moves and dribbles, and became the team's top scorer for three consecutive seasons during his time at Manchester City.

One other player in the list of all-time best Manchester City forwards in our opinion is Rodney Marsh.

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Rodney Marsh

  • Full name:

    Rodney William Marsh

  • Date of birth:

    11 October 1944 (age 76)

  • Place of birth:

    Hatfield, England

  • Height:

    6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)

  • Playing position(s):

    Forward

  • National team:

    1971–1973; England

Senior career:

Fulham, Queens Park Rangers,

Manchester City (Appearances: 118, Goals: 36)

, Cork Hibernians, Tampa Bay Rowdies, Tampa Bay Rowdies (indoor)

Rodney Marsh is another player of our list of best forwards in Manchester City history in our opinion.

In March 1972, he joined Manchester City with a then-club record £200,000 contract. At the time of signing, the team was at the top of the table, but they ended up in fourth place. According to many fans, one of the main reasons for this poor performance was that Marsh's style of play was not suitable for Manchester City.

In the following seasons, Marsh was finally able to attract the attention and interest of the fans with a combination of skill and scoring. He was part of the team that reached the League Cup final in 1974.

"Marsh later agreed with critics in his autobiography in 2001, saying he regretted moving to Manchester City and he felt he let the supporters down:" Right, no beating about the bush, I have to hold my hands up – I cost Manchester City the 1972 league championship".

However, there is no doubt that he was one of the best strikers of his generation and his honors with Manchester City are one FA Charity Shield, and one League Cup runner-up.

In this article we had a brief look on the Manchester City best forwards ever in our opinion. Foloow our other articles to have a review on other best players in Manchester City history and their honors and achievements.

 

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