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The scorer of the greatest Manchester City goal of the last 20 years and the man who entertained the club's fans during an extremely dark period, City got themselves a bargain when they signed Georgi Kinkladze for £2 million.
Francis Lee, City's chairman at the time, had seen Georgi Kinkladze play for Georgia against Wales and Moldova and was suitably impressed. He made his interest known to Kinkladze's club, Dinamo Tbilisi, and six months later Lee got his man.
His first season was 1995/96, the year City were relegated from the Premier League for the first time. Kinkladze was excellent, though, and won the club's Player of the Year award.
The next season descended into absolute chaos as City went through five different managers and finished well outside the playoffs. Kinkladze was again the club's shining light, with his breathtaking skill and ability to beat players City's best attacking threat by some distance.
With the club now embarking on a second successive season outside the top-flight, speculation of a move away was rife, but against all the odds Kinkladze stayed. A fierce supporter campaign saw him sign a new deal, but everyone knew City had to win promotion if he was to stay on for a fourth year.
City were, in fact, relegated, and Kinkladze left for Ajax in a £5 million deal.
His goal against Southampton—which saw him beat five players before chipping the goalkeeper—was one of the finest goals you ever likely to see. Despite him being there during a turbulent period, Georgi Kinkladze was a beautiful player to watch and will forever be remembered by the City fans.