By Andy Hampson, Pa
Published: 00:03 BST, 12 September 2019 | Updated: 00:03 BST, 12 September 2019
Vincent Kompany hailed a perfect evening despite being forced to miss his own testimonial through injury.
A crowd of 51,602 turned up at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday to say farewell to the former Manchester City captain, who left the Premier League champions at the end of last season.
They were denied the chance of seeing the inspirational defender in action for one last time due to yet another injury, however - a frustration the man himself knows only too well.
Vincent Kompany says he's the proudest man in the world following his testimonial
The 33-year-old won 10 major honours in 11 years at the club but he was dogged by muscular problems throughout the second half of his City career.
'It's typical me,' he said of the hamstring injury before the game, but that did not stop him enjoying the friendly between a City side featuring a host of star names from throughout his career and a Premier League All Stars XI.
'I'm the proudest man in the world,' said the Belgian, who also gave game time to his brother Francois and a number of players from Anderlecht, where he is now player-manager.
Kompany wasn't able to play due to injury but was delighted to raise funds for his charity
'It's been a special day. It's been a perfect evening even though I didn't play. I couldn't have wished for more.'
The priority for Kompany was raising funds for his homelessness charity Tackle4MCR, which aims to eradicate rough sleeping in Manchester. It is an issue that has been close to his heart throughout his stay in the city he