Manchester City’s 2012 title-winning team - Where are they now?

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What's happened to the squad that pulled off such a memorable comeback?

Manchester City's dramatic 2012 title success may never be surpassed as the most iconic finale in Premier League history.

Needing to win on the final day of the season to stop bitter rivals Manchester United from beating them to the title, City were trailing 2-1 to QPR as the game ticked into the 90th minute.

An Edin Dzeko equaliser gave Roberto Mancini's side hope and then, with seconds left, Sergio Aguero was presented with one last opportunity.

Steadying himself, he smashed in an unstoppable 94th-minute winner that sent the Etihad Stadium into ecstasy and sent ripples around the footballing world.

That moment will never be forgotten and, at City, neither will the players.

But what did they do next? GOAL reveals all below...

  1. GK: Joe Hart

    GK: Joe Hart

    Just 25 and the first-choice goalkeeper for both City and England in 2012, the potential seemed limitless for Hart following the maiden Premier League title success.

    While he helped City to another title two years later, Pep Guardiola made it clear that he would not be his number one when he took over in 2016.

    After mixed spells at Torino, West Ham, Burnley and Spurs, he was Celtic's goalkeeper for last season's Scottish Premiership victory.

  2. RB: Pablo Zabaleta

    RB: Pablo Zabaleta

    The Argentinian spent much of the season as a back-up to Micah Richards but became a regular towards the end of the campaign and scored the opening goal against QPR.

    Zabaleta went on to become a fans' favourite, with his committed performances helping the club to a raft of trophies.

    He left in 2017, after nine seasons at the club, to join West Ham but retired three years later and now works as a TV pundit.

  3. CB: Joleon Lescott
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    CB: Joleon Lescott

    Memories of Lescott's time at City might have been different but for Aguero's late strike, as it was the defender's error that let in Djibril Cisse for QPR's equaliser.

    To have been defined by such a moment would have been unfair, though, as Lescott had been a consistent performer for City for five seasons.

    After retiring, Lescott subsequently returned to the club to oversee the progress of loan players abroad and is now part of Lee Carsley's England under-21 coaching staff.

  4. CB: Vincent Kompany

    CB: Vincent Kompany

    The third member of this title-winning side to have a statue outside the Etihad, Kompany was the club captain for much of the club's recent successes.

    His 11 years at the club started before Sheikh Mansour's takeover and his final home appearance saw him wave goodbye in tears after his stunning 30-yard strike helped City beat Leicester on the way to the 2019 title.

    His leadership skills always suggested a career in management and he is now back in the north west of England at Championship side Burnley.

  5. LB: Gael Clichy

    LB: Gael Clichy

    Like Nasri, Clichy was taken from Arsenal to help transform the club into a title-winning side for the first time in 44 years.

    Much of his stint in Manchester saw him battling Aleksandr Kolarov for a regular starting place and he left in 2017 after 203 appearances.

    The 36-year-old has recently signed a new one-year contract with Swiss club Servette, whom he joined after winning the Turkish league with Basaksehir.

  6. RW: Samir Nasri
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    RW: Samir Nasri

    Always considered a wonderfully gifted player, Nasri became an even more prominent figure at City when Manuel Pellegrini took charge.

    However, it quickly became clear that he would not feature regularly under the Argentine's successor, Guardiola, and he had spells at Sevilla, West Ham and Anderlecht after leaving the Etihad.

    Never too far from controversy, he was handed a lengthy ban in 2017 by UEFA after breaking anti-doping regulations, before officially retiring in 2021.

  7. CM: Gareth Barry

    CM: Gareth Barry

    One of City's unsung heroes, Barry played a major part in taking the club from mid-table to the title.

    He left at the end of the following season at the age of 32 but played on for another eight seasons until his retirement in August 2020.

    After spells at Everton and West Brom, Barry broke the record for the most Premier League appearances ever with 653, of which 134 were for City.

  8. CM: Yaya Toure

    CM: Yaya Toure

    After being frustrated in his attempts to become a regular starter at Barcelona because of the emergence of Sergio Busquets, Toure really showed his all-round abilities when he moved to the Etihad, becoming much more than just a holding midfielder.

    While off-field incidents, such as 'cake-gate', caused issues off the pitch, on it he was a hugely influential figure in his eight seasons at City.

    He recently passed his Uefa 'A' badge exam and has been linked with working at a number of Premier League clubs as he looks to pursue a coaching career.

  9. LW: David Silva

    LW: David Silva

    After 10 years at the club, the midfielder left in 2020 but was denied a proper farewell, and even the chance to unveil the statue constructed in his honour, because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Silva, though, will forever be remembered as one of City's greatest players, after winning 14 trophies, along with the World Cup and European Championship with Spain.

    Still playing in La Liga with Real Sociedad, the shy and retiring playmaker has made no secret that he would one day like to return to his native Gran Canaria.

  10. CF: Carlos Tevez

    CF: Carlos Tevez

    Even for a controversial figure like Tevez, the 2011-12 season was quite something, with the former Manchester United forward walking out mid-season following a bust-up with Mancini after allegedly refusing to come on as a sub in a Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich.

    He returned in February and helped turn the season around but he eventually left for Juventus after one more season at the Etihad.

    Tevez finally retired at the age of 37 and is now in his first coaching role as boss of Argentine side Rosario Central.

  11. CF: Sergio Aguero
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    CF: Sergio Aguero

    Although his goal against QPR would be the most iconic of his career, his debut season was only the beginning for a striker that would become a club legend.

    'Kun' became City's all-time record scorer with 260 goals, smashing Eric Brook's record set in 1939, and became the top-scoring overseas player in Premier League history.

    After 10 years and 14 trophies, including five titles, he joined Barcelona but retired shortly after due to a heart condition.

  12. Sub: Mario Balotelli

    Sub: Mario Balotelli

    Mancini had huge faith in his fellow Italian when he signed the striker in 2010 but Balotelli never delivered on his obvious potential. Indeed, it is telling that his pass for Aguero's title-clinching goal was the only assist of his City career.

    Balotelli joined AC Milan the following season and has since had spells at Liverpool, Nice, Marseille, Brescia and Monza, while his last international cap in July 2018.

    “I think that was my biggest mistake, to leave City,” Balotelli, now with Turkish outfit Adana Demirspor, said in March 2022. "Now that I’m older, I know that I shouldn’t have left at that time.”

  13. Sub: Edin Dzeko

    Sub: Edin Dzeko

    The Bosnian gave City hope with a late equaliser against QPR and he remains a cult hero at the club, with his name still regularly sung at the Etihad.

    Signed from Wolfsburg, he scored 72 goals in 189 appearances before joining Roma and then switching to Inter.

    With City short on strikers recently, a potential return was mooted and while many fans would have been delighted to have him back, Guardiola was always unlikely to sign a player that had already turned 30 when he left the club permanently in 2016.

  14. Sub: Nigel de Jong
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    Sub: Nigel de Jong

    Throughout City's first Premier League title-winning season, Mancini had used De Jong as a sub when they needed a breakthrough, as his introduction always allowed Yaya Toure to play further forward.

    But it became clear that he was not part of the Italian's long-term plans and he was sold to AC Milan before later enjoying spells at LA Galaxy, Galatasaray, Mainz and clubs in Qatar.

    Having retired in 2021, De Jong now works as a TV pundit but also has a luxury car business, which he started at Hamburg before he moved to City.