Manchester City etched its name into the annals of football history with an unprecedented treble, culminating in a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Inter Milan in the Champions League final. This monumental victory was the first in the club's history, marking the successful culmination of a 15-year journey and hundreds of millions of dollars in investment.
The triumph in Istanbul was the final piece in the treble puzzle for Pep Guardiola's squad. The Cityzens also secured the Premier League and the FA Cup, becoming only the second English team to claim this treble, a feat previously accomplished by Manchester United in the 1998/99 season.
Despite a high-energy defensive strategy from Inter, City managed to maintain control of the game with Rodri scoring the only goal in the 68th minute, effectively sealing the trophy for the Sky Blues.
Club captain Ilkay Gundogan encapsulated the season's achievement, describing it as "very special". He lauded the talent and spirit of the squad and stated that the club's quality and consistency symbolised what Manchester City stood for.
However, City's victories are not without controversy. Allegations of more than 100 breaches of the Premier League's financial regulations from 2009 to 2018 have been levied against the club. They could face severe consequences if found guilty, though the club maintains that they have "irrefutable evidence" to support their position.
For now Manchester City's 2022-2023 season will be remembered as a historic period in football, the club's treble achievement, culminating in their first Champions League title, showcases the zenith of their football journey since Sheikh Mansour takeover in 2008.