Where Man City’s famous starting XI are now – nine years on from Aguero’s winner

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It has been nine years since Sergio Aguero produced a moment many regard as the greatest in Premier League history.

Needing a win against QPR on the final day of the 2011/12 campaign to wrap up their first league title for 44 years, Manchester City were left stunned when the relegation battlers stormed into a 2-1 lead at the Etihad with 25 minutes remaining.

However, Edin Dzeko then headed home an equaliser for the hosts in the 91st minute, setting up Aguero to smash home the definition of a last-gasp winner two minutes later.

It remains one of the most dramatic football moments ever, but what has happened to each member of City's starting XI on that famous day in 2012?

Joe Hart

The England goalkeeper spent another four years at City after that triumph, getting his hands on another Premier League title in 2013/14.

But Pep Guardiola's arrival in 2016 marked the end of his time at the club, spending the next two years on loan at Torino and West Ham before joining Burnley permanently in 2018.

He now finds himself at Tottenham, joining the north London side as a backup goalkeeper at the start of this season.

Pablo Zabaleta

Zabaleta also racked up several more appearances for City and played a part in their 2013/14 triumph before eventually departing in 2017.

The Argentina right-back moved to West Ham, where he made 80 appearances up until his retirement in October 2020 at the age of 35.

Zabaleta has kept out of the spotlight since retiring, stepping away from the game to spend time with his wife and two children.

Vincent Kompany

The captain behind City's 2012 heroics led them to three more titles over the next seven seasons, winning it again under Manuel Pellegrini in 2013/14 before proving instrumental in back-to-back wins under Pep Guardiola from 2017-19.

His sensational late long-range strike against Leicester in 2018/19 helped them edge past Liverpool in one of the most hard-fought title races ever.

Kompany called time on his 11-year City career in 2019 and returned to Anderlecht, first taking on a player-manager role before retiring from playing and solely becoming coach a year later.

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    Lescott, whose mistake allowed Djibril Cisse to net QPR's equaliser in 2012, only enjoyed another season with City, in which he played more of a bit-part role.

    The centre-back therefore left to join West Brom in 2014 and later had brief spells with Aston Villa, Greek outfit AEK Athens and Sunderland.

    He is yet to officially retire, but Lescott is now a regular pundit on BT Sport.

    Gael Clichy

    The French left-back spent another five years at City, getting his hands on another title in 2013/14, and left for Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir in 2017.

    He made 113 appearances for Basaksehir before heading to Switzerland to join Servette in December of last year, racking up 22 appearances for the club this term.

    Samir Nasri

    Despite clinching the title in his debut season, Nasri's most successful campaign at City actually came when he captured it again two years later.

    The French midfielder scored 11 goals in 46 games for Pellegrini's side that year, trumping his tally of six in 46 under Roberto Mancini in 2012, but after falling out of favour in 2015/16 he was eventually loaned out to Sevilla.

    Unsuccessful stints at Antalyaspor, West Ham and Anderlecht have come in the five years which have followed, along with a six-month ban from football over doping charges, and he currently finds himself without a club.

    Yaya Toure

    Toure was one of the driving forces behind City's triumph in 2012, and he proved equally as influential in another title win two years later.

    The Ivory Coast midfielder fell out of favour when Guardiola arrived in 2016, playing a bit-part role in their 2017/18 success before returning to Olympiacos.

    He followed that up with a brief spell in China before retiring from football in 2019, and Toure now works as an assistant manager for Ukrainian club Olimpik Donetsk.

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    Gareth Barry

    The England midfielder only lasted another year at City before he was loaned out to Everton in 2013.

    That loan move became permanent a year later, and after racking up 155 games for the Toffees Barry sealed a switch to West Brom in 2017.

    He retired while down in the Championship with the Baggies last year and currently finds himself in trouble with the FA over a secret deal to buy shares in Swindon Town.

    David Silva

    Considered by many City fans as the greatest player in their history, Silva made another 614 appearances over eight more years with the club, winning three further Premier League titles under Pellegrini and Guardiola.

    The silky Spaniard only departed last year to join Real Sociedad, where he has racked up 25 appearances so far this season.

    City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak plans to honour his 10-year stay at the club with a statue at the Etihad.

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    Carlos Tevez

    The Argentinian only featured 13 times in City's 2011/12 title-winning campaign, spending a lengthy period out of the team after allegedly refusing to come on as a substitute in a Champions League clash with Bayern Munich.

    He spent only one more year at the club before heading to Juventus in 2013 and later returning to boyhood club Boca Juniors two years later.

    After a stint in China with Shanghai Shenhua in 2017, Tevez went back for a third spell at Boca, where he remains today.

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    Sergio Aguero

    Last but certainly not least, the hero of City's 2012 triumph is the only member of that famous starting lineup who remains at the club today – but not for too much longer.

    Agüero, who has bagged 258 goals in 388 games for City and won five Premier League titles, is set to leave upon the expiry of his contract this summer.

    Like Silva, he is set to be honoured with a statue at the Etihad.

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