Manchester City Honors Ilkay Gundogan with Academy Training Ground and Special Tribute
Manchester City Honors Ilkay Gundogan on His 33rd Birthday
Manchester City, the English football club, has recently named one of its academy training grounds after its former captain, Ilkay Gundogan, on the occasion of his 33rd birthday.
After leading his club to an outstanding season where they won the Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League, Gundogan left Manchester City to join Barcelona. During his seven-year career in England, Gundogan won a total of 14 titles, including five local league titles.
Special Training Ground
In honor of his 33rd anniversary, Club President Khaldoon Al Mubarak unveiled a special training ground named after Ilkay Gundogan at the City Football Academy. This gesture serves as a tribute to Gundogan’s contributions to the club and marks his memorable presence alongside other club legends, such as Vincent Kompany, Sergio Aguero, and David Silva.
Tribute to Gundogan
Khaldoon Al Mubarak, President of Manchester City, expressed his gratitude and admiration for Gundogan’s achievements. He stated, “On behalf of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed, the owner of the club, and everyone associated with Manchester City, I am honored to present this photograph as a tribute to every accomplishment Ilkay Gundogan has achieved as part of our family over the years.” Al Mubarak emphasized Gundogan’s role as a leader and a vital figure in the club’s history, both on and off the field.
Gratitude for Contributions
Al Mubarak continued, “We are all incredibly grateful for the wonderful memories you have given us. You were not only the first Manchester City captain to win the Champions League trophy, but also a player who secured 5 Premier League titles and numerous prestigious awards throughout your career with the club.” He further acknowledged Gundogan’s significant contributions as a leader, both within the club and the community.
A Symbolic Gift
As a token of appreciation, the club painted a photograph capturing Gundogan’s celebration of his goal against Aston Villa last year. This painting serves as a special gift, preserving a part of the club’s history and commemorating Gundogan’s legacy.