Top 30 Premier League moments: No. 12 – Sheikh Mansour era at Manchester City

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To celebrate the 30th season of the Premier League, we are counting down and ranking our top 30 moments in Premier League history and this time Manchester City take center stage.

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That’s right, yours truly, Joe Prince-Wright, has selected the top 30 moments in PL history.

This is not only a huge honor, but also a huge headache. How on earth do you condense 30 seasons of magic into 30 individual moments!?

Well, we did it.


How will our Premier League top 30 moments work?

Before each matchweek from now until the end of the 2021-22 season we will unveil the latest moment, as we count down the top moments in PL history from 30 to 1.

From incredible goals to late title drama and emotional sendoffs to legendary players dazzling awe-inspired crowds, we’re going to celebrate and rank the best moments this wonderful league has produced.

Click on the video above to see number 12, as below we focus on Sheikh Mansour purchasing Manchester City and totally changing the landscape of the Premier League.


Premier League Top 30 moments: Number 12 – Sheikh Mansour buys Manchester City in 2008

This was one of the most significant moments in Premier League history.

Sheikh Mansour took over Manchester City to begin an epic rise to glory for the soon-to-be-dubbed Noisy Neighbors.

After decades of struggling to be a top 10 team in the Premier League, money was no longer an obstacle for Manchester City as the state of Abu Dhabi turned them into a genuine superpower in the Premier League and Europe.

Since Mansour bought Manchester City in 2008 they have won five Premier League titles, two FA Cups, six League Cups and have reached the Champions League final as they’ve attracted the best players and managers in the game.

Without Mansour there would be no Kevin de Bruyne, Sergio Aguero and David Silva in the Premier League, and we wouldn’t get to see Pep Guardiola masterminding one of the greatest teams in PL history week in, week out.

Manchester City will never be the same again.


Top 30 list

30: Dennis Bergkamp’s brilliant hat trick
29: Newcastle’s amazing comeback from 4-0 down
28: Heung-min Son’s stunning solo goal
27: Thierry Henry’s incredible volley v. Man United
26: Late drama in epic Manchester derby
25: Olivier Giroud scores sensational scorpion kick goal
24: Roy Keane, Patrick Vieira clash in tunnel
23: West Brom’s epic ‘Great Escape’ from relegation
22: Paolo Di Canio’s stunning scissor volley
21: Blackburn Rovers win title on final day
20: Cristiano Ronaldo scores stunning free kick
19: Kevin Keegan’s infamous rant
18: Chelsea win first-ever PL title, first league title in 50 years
17: David Beckham scores amazing goal from halfway line
16: Heart-wrenching Steven Gerrard slip costs Liverpool title
15: Manchester United, Arsenal clash in ‘Battle of the Buffet’
14: Wayne Rooney, 16, scores amazing goal: ‘Remember the name’
13: Eric Cantona scores incredible chip, then delivers iconic celebration
12: Sheikh Mansour buys Manchester City, as new era arrives