Yaya Touré yesterday signed a four-year contract with Manchester City, and it is arguable the Ivory Coast international is the club's most significant signing of the Abu Dhabi era.
Touré's winners in the 2011 FA Cup semi-final and final ended the club's 35-year trophy drought and it was he who broke Newcastle's resistance in the penultimate Premier League game last season, paving the way for City to win their first title in 44 years.
The 29-year-old, a £24m signing from Barcelona in 2010, initially struggled at Eastlands, burdened by his £250,000-a-week wages and his inability to effect games.
However the semi-final winner against city adversaries United granted him a cult status amongst Blues, and his final goal versus Stoke, as well as his imperious form last season, has elevated him to borderline legendary status.
Along with his brother Kolo, he is immortalised on the terraces to the tune of 2 Unlimited's No Limit.
Touré said: "This is where I want to be. When I first arrived at City, every time I went to sleep I would dream about us winning something; now it is about us being the best team in whatever competition we take part in. I will never forget how I have been treated here by the fans, the club and the owners, and nothing would give me greater pleasure than to finish my career as a Manchester City player."