Padraig Amond took solace from a congratulations message from Pep Guardiola after Newport County’s FA Cup ended at the fifth round stage.
Amond scored another goal to make it 2-1 at Rodney Parade, but City went on to win comfortably.
It means the former Sligo Rovers striker has scored in every round of the competition the club played this year.
"I'm disappointed that we've lost the game and we're out of the cup, but in years to come that's going to be something I'm very proud of," Amond said.
"Also the fact that I've scored against the best team in Europe.
"Pep came over after the game and congratulated me that I'd scored, and when you hear that from someone like him it means a lot.
"It's been a great run, you have kids wanting to play for Newport County and maybe before that they wanted to play for Cardiff, Bristol, Swansea. The club can be very proud to inspire a new generation."
What an unbelievable journey this seasons FA Cup has been. It’s one that I will never forget and we can all be very proud of! https://t.co/oyfpcynMqL— Padraig Amond (@padraigamond21) February 17, 2019
The Premier League leaders remain in the hunt for a historic quadruple and meet Chelsea in the final of the Carabao Cup final at Wembley next Sunday.
Before that Citty return to Champions League action with a last-16 tie at Schalke on Wednesday.
Phil Foden scored twice at Rodney Parade - the first double of his senior career - and the 18-year-old Stockport-born midfielder impressed throughout, with TV presenter and former England striker Gary Lineker describing him as "a great talent".
"It's been a long while, it feels like it's been gone for ages," Foden said of the Champions League's two-month break.
"I'm looking forward to getting back to the Champions League.
"That's the main one, so we'll see if we can get a result in that.
"We are still in all competitions and we want to keep fighting for every one - and hopefully we can win them all.
"We're going to try. We know it's very difficult, don't get me wrong. But I can't see why we can't do it."