Kompany will go down as a Manchester City great. Throughout his time at the Etihad, the Belgium international has popped up with key winners in title triumphs of the past.
Yet his contribution to the present is what may define him. Should he leave on a free transfer, his final goal in a City shirt will never be forgotten.
His strike was one Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi would have been proud of. Worthy of winning any game, and any title.
Manchester City know the job is not done yet. They must beat Brighton on Sunday to land the Premier League title for a second year in a row.
But they have one hand on the trophy. A trophy that, as things stand, will have sky blue ribbons on it again.
Leicester were dogged and determined. Perhaps Brendan Rodgers sensed the chance to be a Liverpool legend after all.
But Kompany’s thunderbolt strike from the edge of the box saw them unlocked. City knew a chance would come – but the way the veteran took it was sublime.
Leicester should have closed him down, Kasper Schmeichel said after the game.
“We worked really hard, but our legs were heavy and we shouldn’t give Vincent Kompany time on the edge of the box like that,” the Denmark international said.
“City are a top class side, and we have lost to the potential champions.
“I can’t see them losing their next game.”
Perhaps they should. But Schmeichel himself was blameless, with the Dane having no chance.
No goalkeeper would.
After the game, Kompany was in tears. With his contract expiring, it could be his last game at the Etihad Stadium.
The player himself wants to stay but no renewal has been signed.
It would be the perfect goodbye. City are looking to the future but it is a figure of their past, one who signed back in 2008 before the Sheikh Mansour revolution, who provided the moment of magic.
Pep owes him one and City do too.
What Man City star Kompany said after Leicester strike
“It’s not about the amount of goals you score it’s about when you score them,” he said. “Today it was necessary.
From the very start we had the right intensity to try and win this game. Kasper made some important saves and only I could beat him on a day like today!
“I’m just trying to contribute and today we went one step closer.
“We were putting pressure on, upping the tempo but found the last pass difficult. They defended really well and it was going to take something special.
“I’m really happy for the team. This club, it’s part of how we have been successful to have goals like this, moments like this. We always believe that we have a chance and can play for the last second.
“Every step in the last four months was significant. Liverpool keep making the steps and now we have a final to play in Brighton, Nothing is won yet.”