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Vincent Kompany's rise to the top

Updated 1524 GMT (2324 HKT) August 8, 2013
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Vincent Kompany enjoys the lifestyle which comes with being a modern millionaire footballer. But, despite rising to the top of his sport, the Belgian remains grounded and committed to education. Chris McGrath/Getty Images for FA Premier League
Kompany made his Anderlecht debut in 2003. The defensive player had been with the club's academy since 2000 and went on to win the Belgian Championship with the team in 2004 and 2006. JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images/file
Kompany made his debut for the national team in 2004 in a friendly match against France. He is pictured here tackling legendary French playmaker Zinedine Zidane. YVES BOUCAU-JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images/file
His performances earned him a move to German club Hamburg in 2006. A serious achilles injury limited Kompany to just six appearances in his first season in Germany. Malte Christians/Bongarts/Getty Images/file
After just two seasons with Hamburg, Kompany made the move to Manchester City in 2008. Gary M. Prior/Getty Images/file
Kompany was consistently excellent for the Abu Dhabi-owned club and was one of the team's standout performers as they beat Stoke City 1-0 to win the FA Cup in 2011. Alex Livesey/Getty Images/file
The highlight of Kompany's career to date arrived in May 2012. A goal from Sergio Aguero deep into injury time gave City a 3-2 win over Queens Park Rangers and secured the team a first league title in 44 years. As captain, Kompany was the man who lifted the trophy. Alex Livesey/Getty Images/file
Manuel Pellegrini was appointed as City manager in May following the sacking of Roberto Mancini. The Chilean is the third different manager Kompany has worked under during five years in Manchester. Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images/file