Aguero Aguero Agüero? How Sergio City's is brilliant Manchester
Mon, 29 Mar 2021 21:00:00 +0100
Manchester City have announced that Sergio Agüero, the club's all-time leading scorer, will leave at the end of the season
We salute the man who will always
Monday 29 March 2021
Manchester City have announced that Sergio Agüero, the club’s all-time leading scorer, will leave at the end of the season.
We salute the man who will always be “Agüerooooooooo”.
Sergio Agüero, Manchester City’s all-time top scorer, will leave the club at the end of the season.
UEFA.com gives ‘Kun’ his due.
“When I arrived at Independiente, they told me there was a phenomenon in the academy.
One day I called him in to train with the first team and he killed everyone.
He convinced us immediately.”
Oscar Ruggeri, former Independiente coach
“Playing with him was one reason I joined Atlético Madrid.
I’d first seen him on television in Argentina, where he made his debut aged 15 for my old team Independiente.
A boy stood out against men.
He scored one goal in a derby and I jumped up off the sofa in astonishment.
Agüero has a natural instinct for scoring goals.”
Diego Forlán, former Atlético team-mate
“He’s a legend, and it’s a part of history in the club.
Agüero’s numbers speak for themselves – he is amazing.”
Josep Guardiola, Manchester City manager
International: 97 appearances, 41 goals
UEFA club competition: 106 appearances, 63 goals
European domestic competition: 512 appearances, 293 goals
• Agüero had a splendid record in home games against Barcelona, scoring twice in a 4-2 victory in March 2008 and a double in a 4-3 thriller exactly 12 months later.
• He won the 2009/10 UEFA Europa League, registering two crucial away goals that sent Atlético through to the quarter-finals at Sporting CP’s expense.
• Agüero totalled 75 Liga goals across five seasons with Atlético, reaching the 20-mark in 2007/08 and 2010/11.
• “Agüerooooooooo! I swear you’ll never see anything like this ever again!” commentator Martin Tyler famously yelled when, with 93:20 on the clock, City’s No10 scored the goal against Queens Park Rangers in May 2012 that won the Citizens their first top-flight championship since 1968.
• Both of Agüero’s UEFA Champions League hat-tricks, group stage to final, have come in a City shirt.
His side were 2-1 down at home to Bayern München in November 2014 when the Argentinian international famously struck twice in the final five minutes to complete his treble and give City a shot at qualification away to Roma on matchday six.
• Agüero picked up the Premier League Golden Boot for his 26 goals during 2014/15.
• Became the fifth player to score five in a single Premier League game on Saturday 3 October 2015.
With the Sky Blues trailing at home to Newcastle United, City’s main man struck five times in 21 minutes either side of half-time as his side turned a 1-0 deficit into a 6-1 win.
• Became the 16th player to reach 50 UEFA club competion goals when he scored for City in their opening UEFA Champions League group stage game of 2017/18 – a 4-0 win at Feyenoord.
• The second goal in his hat-trick in the subsequent league game, a 6-0 success at Watford, was his 200th top-division strike since he came to Europe.
• Scored his 178th City goal against Napoli on 1 November 2017 to break Eric Brook’s 78-year-old club record.
• Hit 21 Premier League goals in 2017/18 and 2018/19 as City claimed back-to-back titles, and completed collection of English domestic trophies by lifting FA Cup in 2018/19.
• Moved ahead of Thierry Henry (175) and Frank Lampard (177) in the list of the Premier League all-time leading scorers in 2020.
He now lies fourth with 181, behind only Andy Cole (187), Wayne Rooney (208) and Alan Shearer (260).
• Agüero was given the nickname ‘Kun’, which he sports on the back of his Manchester City shirt, as a child by his grandparents owing to his resemblance to a Japanese cartoon character called Kum Kum from his favourite TV series.
• Agüero became the youngest debutant in the Argentinian first division when he was sent on as a substitute for Independiente against San Lorenzo on 5 July 2003, just a month after his 15th birthday.
• Agüero was a FIFA U-20 World Cup winner in 2005 and 2007.
He was awarded the Golden Ball and Golden Boot at the latter tournament in Canada after scoring six goals in seven appearances.
• Only Lionel Messi (71) and Gabrial Batistuta (54) have scored more goals for Argentina than Agüero (41)
• Agüero is not a fan of hot weather and likes the rain in Manchester as it helps him get to sleep.
• Messi wrote the foreword to ‘Sergio Kun Aguero: Born to Rise: My Story’, which was published in 2014.
He was Messi’s room-mate with the national team.
• Liverpool were Agüero’s choice of team on video games when he was a kid.
• “My nickname is different in comparison to most athletes and so I have grown to appreciate it because it’s unique.
It’s not every day an athlete is nicknamed after a cartoon character!”
“I like tricks, I like to dazzle.
Dribbling and leaving your opponent on his backside is what life is for.
If I achieve what I want to, then I’ll mark a distinct era in football.
I’m the Che Guevara of modern soccer.”
“[The last day of the 2011/12 season] was a crazy situation because we knew the scenario required to win the title, but I felt I’d die if we didn’t win or that I’d kill myself if we blew our title chance! OK, maybe that’s a little dramatic, but it felt like there would be nothing to look forward to if we failed.”
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Mon, 29 Mar 2021 21:00:00 +0100
The club's record goalscorer will leave this summer having written his name into folklore with the winner against QPR in 2012
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Sergio Aguero will leave Manchester City as their greatest goalscorer and the scorer of their greatest goal.
With a club-record 257 goals to his name and 10 major trophies secured since his £38million signing from Atletico Madrid in 2011, City have certainly got their money’s worth.
A moment of magic from Sergio Aguero…#PLMoments pic.twitter.com/66hf6XEFbX
— Premier League (@premierleague) October 20, 2016
Many could argue the prolific Argentinian actually repaid his fee several times over in the act of scoring just one of those goals, however.
That came in 2012, when Aguero struck not only the most famous goal of his glittering career, but arguably the greatest in Premier League history.
In the most sensational finish the competition has known, Aguero etched his name firmly into City folklore as he struck the goal that clinched the title with virtually the last kick of the season.
City had been trailing 2-1 to QPR heading into injury time of their final game of the campaign, apparently handing the crown to arch-rivals Manchester United.
Yet they turned it around in dramatic fashion, first with an equaliser from Edin Dzeko and then Aguero’s remarkable late, late intervention.
Taking a return pass from a prone Mario Balotelli, Aguero burst into the area, skipped round a defender and smashed the ball past Paddy Kenny.
The clock read 93:20 as Aguero wheeled away whirling his shirt around his head as pandemonium broke out on the touchline and in the stands.
City had snatched the trophy on goal difference at the death, capping an extraordinary title race which had already seen plenty of twists and turns in a manner that was scarcely believable.
It was the club’s first title in 44 years and pipping United at the post made it all the sweeter.
So, whenever Aguero returns to Manchester in the future it will be this goal, above all, that people will want to talk to him about.
Yet while it may begin many a conversation, it is unlikely to end them for there is so much about Aguero’s brilliant City career to discuss.
He arrived with a bang with two goals – one of them spectacular – against Swansea on debut and he scored with great regularity thereafter.
There have been stunners and tap-ins, volleys and headers.
There have been 16 hat-tricks, including a sensational five-star display against Newcastle, two trebles against Chelsea and a memorable three-goal hit against Bayern Munich.
There have been plenty of milestones along the way, most notably when he scored against Napoli in 2017 to overtake 1930s star Eric Brook as City’s all-time leading goalscorer with 178.
He went on to become the first City player to pass 200 the following year.
In Premier League terms, he is the competition’s leading overseas goalscorer with 181 – a figure that puts him fourth overall behind Alan Shearer (260), Wayne Rooney (208) and Andy Cole (187).
There have been challenges too, the biggest being after the arrival of Pep Guardiola as manager in 2016.
After thriving as an out-and-out striker under Roberto Mancini and Manuel Pellegrini, Aguero initially seemed an uneasy fit for the Spaniard’s more demanding style in which pressing opponents and playing a bigger hand in build-up was more important.
SIX in the City #OnThisDay last year…
⚽️ @sterling7 4’⚽️ @aguerosergiokun 13’⚽️ @aguerosergiokun 19’⚽️ @IlkayGuendogan 25’⚽️ @aguerosergiokun 56’⚽️ @sterling7 80′
Some 🔥 goals to choose from, but which one was your favourite?
🔵 #ManCity pic.twitter.com/wDHYssX2Sh
— Manchester City (@ManCity) February 10, 2020
Speculation over his future ramped up after the arrival of Gabriel Jesus, a forward seemingly more in tune with Guardiola’s thinking, but he responded by improving his all-round game and once again becoming indispensable.
If there has been a flaw it has been a surprisingly indifferent record from the penalty spot.
Injuries have also frustrated him too – muscular problems in the early years which prompted a change of diet and lifestyle, and knee trouble in more recent times – but these are mere footnotes in a great career.
He will leave City having posted statistics that may not be beaten for many years – and scored a goal that for many never will be.
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