Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has paid tribute to one his most illustrious predecessors, Bert Trautmann, who died aged 89 on Friday.
The former German prisoner of war played 545 games for City over the course of a 15-year career with the club and earned legendary status in the English game for playing part of the 1956 FA Cup final with a broken neck.
And Hart, who is currently in South Africa as his side continues its pre-season tour, revealed his admiration for the German, who was inducted into English Football’s Hall of Fame back in 2005.
“I was very sorry to hear the news about Bert Trautmann; he was a true legend of the club and someone I had a lot of admiration for,” he said.
"The impact he had on City and on football in general is something to be very proud of.
“To record over 500 appearances for a club and to overcome all the hurdles that he did throughout his career is amazing.
“He is certainly an inspiration, not only to me, but to goalkeepers from many clubs across the world.
“He was an incredible man with an incredible story and I am sure his legacy will live on.”