Vincent Kompany's first goal of this season of Premier League couldn't have come at a better time. His 70-minute stunner took Man City closer to a second consecutive title with a 1-0 win against Leicester City.
Before I jump to the story behind the winning goal, let's watch Kompany's brilliance once.
This view of the Kompany goal... could watch all day! pic.twitter.com/7Ch32Dv7R9— ASG (@ahadfoooty) May 6, 2019
Okay, let's watch it again from another angle.
Vincent Kompany's goal is 10000x better with Alan Partridge commentary pic.twitter.com/fiDkYBmI0w— Joe Gilmore (@Gilology) May 6, 2019
It had been a frustrating evening before Kompany changed it for better. No goals were scored in the first half and it didn't look like there will be any in the second either.
But with 20 minutes left on the clock, Kompany decided it was time to ruffle some feathers. Even if it were against the wishes of his teammates.
Football has a way of rewarding the good guys and Vincent Kompany is one of them.— ASG (@ahadfoooty) May 6, 2019
What a player, what a goal, what a moment! pic.twitter.com/6pfmQvsApu
OMG! What a goal from @VincentKompany their captain, their leader, their rock hits an absolute screamer into the top corner. Wow!— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 6, 2019
Vincent Kompany is the kind of captain Arsenal used to have, like Adams & Vieira.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) May 6, 2019
A leader, a warrior, an inspirer, a man the others follow over the trench, again & again.
Magnificent player, incredible goal. That's how you win Titles. #MCILEI live @VincentKompany
Given the context that has to be the Goal Of The Season from @VincentKompany. Incredible moment in this most extraordinary season.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 6, 2019
No one wanted him to go for it, but he didn't listen. Talking to Sky Sports about the same, he said:
Today there was a little bit of frustration because everyone was saying 'don't shoot, don't shoot!' - I could really hear it. It was annoying me and I said: 'hold on a second' – I haven't come this far in my career for young players to tell me whether I can take a shot or not. So I just took it!
"And today it happened."
All I'm going to say is I've scored goals like that in training. I always hear midfielders saying 'don't shoot, play the ball wide' – for 15 years! I said to them: 'One of these days I'm going to have a shot from outside the box and I'm going to score a goal and you're going to be really happy with that one'. And today it happened.