Sculptures of Vincent Kompany and David Silva will probably be put in exterior Manchester Metropolis’s Etihad stadium forward of this weekend’s Premier League recreation towards Arsenal, the membership stated.
A 3rd statue – of Sergio Aguero – is about to affix them subsequent yr with the three gamers recognised for his or her “unparalleled contribution to the membership’s transformation”.
Kompany left Metropolis in 2019, having received the Premier League title 4 occasions, together with two FA Cups and 4 EFL Cups.
Whereas Silva, who made 436 appearances for Metropolis, was broadly considered one of many membership’s biggest gamers.
The membership stated the statues have been made by award-winning sculptor Andy Scott, who was solely capable of meet Kompany and Silva just about as a result of pandemic.
Khaldoon Al Mubarak, the membership’s chairman, stated: “Finally, Vincent and David don’t want statues to enshrine their achievements at Manchester Metropolis over the previous decade.
“They’re already revered as icons of their technology.
“However what these artworks give us, and generations to return, is the chance to be reminded of, and savour, the really magical moments created by each males.”
Scott stated he was “completely thrilled” to have received the fee to create the three statues.
“It is an unbelievable honour to work on one thing that will probably be visited by lots of of 1000’s of followers as they keep in mind and have fun the achievement of their footballing heroes,” he stated.
“I’ve at all times been struck by how sportsmen and girls transfer and carry out, and within the case of soccer particularly, how they anticipate the ball, how they mix with their teammates, and typically merely how they stand.
“Reflecting these parts was at all times going to be difficult, nevertheless it was significantly so throughout a worldwide pandemic as we had been solely capable of meet with Vincent and David just about.
“However with their insights and intensive analysis of movie and photographic footage, I’ve tried to seize their distinctive bodily traits and their distinctive actions in a approach which I hope does justice to each of those phenomenal footballers.
“It has been such a pleasure to work on this prestigious challenge and I am unable to wait to lastly get to fulfill the workforce in particular person as we set in regards to the remaining installations on the Etihad Stadium this week.”