AC Milan 1-5 City
Guinness International Champions Cup
27 July 2014
Date of birth
24 June 1988
Place of birth
International caps / goals`
12 / 1
Made his first-team debut as a substitute in the 1-0 defeat at Highbury in October 2005, and he came close to scoring after being pushed forward as City sought an equaliser.
Called into the starting XI for the 3-2 win over Charlton as a right-back and made a great impression in an unfamiliar position. Followed that up by scoring in stoppage time in the very next match, a 5th round cup tie at Villa Park. He capped that by jumping into the City fans to celebrate, then swore live on national television when asked to describe how scoring in the last minute to level a cup tie actually felt!
Other fine performances followed as Micah remained in the City senior side until the end of the season.
Micah took the City No.2 shirt during the close season and made his England Under-21 debut against Moldova in August 2006, but even better was to come when he made his full England bow in a 1-1 draw with Holland in Amsterdam, winning rave reviews in the process. Just prior to this Micah had displayed his penchant for the dramatic goal once again, slamming in a last minute equaliser at Goodison Park.
He continued to impress for City and gained three more England caps, but sadly 2006/07 came to an early close for Micah when a shin complaint that he had struggled with for some time needed surgery.
Back to full fitness for pre-season, Micah began 2007/08 in superb form and took the man-of-the-match award in the 1-0 win over United in August. He also set up Frank Lampard's goal against Germany for England at Wembley, but his international stock rose even higher when he scored his first goal for England with a typically powerful header against Israel.
Micah ran Stephen Gerrard close as the FA's England Player of the Year, as voted for by the fans, and in February 2008 he inked in a new five-and-a-half year contract with City. A setback came just afterwards when he was ruled out for around six weeks after requiring surgery on a knee cartilage problem.
Micah's versatility was much in evidence as 2008/09 progressed, he played in both full-back positions and in central defence as injuries and suspensions hit the squad hard. Nedum Onuoha's excellent form in central defence and Pablo Zabaleta's impressive showing as a midfielder eventually saw Micah cement a place at right back. After a long wait he added to his goal tally for City with the winner against Sunderland in March, his first for the Blues since the Everton strike in September 2006.
Micah started half of City's Premier League games in 2009-10, scoring twice into the bargain, but finished the season on the bench with Pablo Zabaleta being preferred at right-back by Roberto Mancini.
You can't keep a good man down though, and Micah climbed back to the top of the pecking order with 23 Premier League starts in City's title-winning campaign in 2011/12.
A regular assist-maker in that campaign, Richards is considered one of the team's elder statesmen, despite his modest years.
A frustrating injury-hit season followed the highs of the previous year in 2012/13 but now he's back to full fitness in 2013/14, Micah will be hoping to cement his place back in the first XI and reclaim a spot in the England set-up in time for World Cup 2014.
Micah Richards Gallery
Micah Richards - Reaction to his new deal
Micah talks about how thrilled he his signing a new contract at the Club, the right-back is now looking to smash appearence records.
Micah Richards - At home with Micah Richards
Micah sifts through his fridge and freezer, revealing the food he tends to eat and is caught out with a takeaway pizza, however he claims it is not his.
Micah Richards - Show us your shirts
After every game you see players exchanging tops, ever wondered what they do with the shirts they have recieved? Micah shows us whose tops he has and where he stores them.