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Sergio Aguero: A Magnificent Legacy

On Wednesday afternoon, the world paid homage to one of its finest strikers as Sergio Aguero announced his decision to retire from the game. The Barcelona striker announced his decision in front of a small crowd at Camp Nou, six months after the legendary striker moved to the Catalan capital from his long-time club Manchester City. Tributes poured in from managers, players and fans from across the world as “Kun” finally took a bow from the game.

As fans pay respects to one of the greatest players in the world, we take a look at Sergio Aguero’s magnificent legacy:

 

SHOCK RETIREMENT

Aguero was taken to the hospital late in October when he suffered a chest discomfort in the game against Alaves. Barcelona then announced in November that the Argentinian is set to miss the game for the next three months as he recovers from respiratory and chest ailments. He has been diagnosed with cardiac arrhythmia, and he rightly decided to put his health first when announcing his decision.

“I have decided to stop playing professional football. It is a very hard moment but I am happy with my decision. My health comes first”, a teary-eyed Aguero announced during the press conference, alongside Barcelona’s Joan Laporta and Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola. Aguero’s absence has complicated Barcelona’s season, as the unavailability of one of the best strikers throughout the season added more misery to their already disastrous run.

 

INCREDIBLE CAREER

The Argentinian striker is considered one of the best strikers of his generation for his numerous feats both for club and country. Kun Aguero began his career at the age of 15 for the Argentine club Independiente, before moving to Atletico Madrid in 2006. With Atletico, Aguero received numerous accolades, becoming one of the most promising young players alongside Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo that took over the football world. With Atletico, Aguero clinched the UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup trophies alongside the World Young Soccer Player of the Year award.

Sergio Aguero’s real dominance of the game started in 2011 when he moved to Manchester City. One of football’s most iconic moments occurred in his first season at the club as the striker scored with the last kick of the season against Queens Park Rangers to give Manchester City its first title since 1968. In his decade-long association with the club, Kun Aguero broke numerous records as he oversaw the rise of Citizens from an also-ran to one of the world’s best football clubs.

Manchester City won five Premier League titles with Sergio Aguero at the helm, apart from six EFL Cups, and an FA Cup. He took Pep Guardiola’s men to the final of the UEFA Champions League last year, only to be denied the trophy by Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea.

With 184 goals to his name from 275 games, Aguero is the fourth-highest goalscorer in the Premier League and the highest-ever for Manchester City. He is also the Premier League’s leading overseas goalscorer – with all three players above him being Englishmen. Averaging a goal every 108 minutes, Kun Aguero holds the record for best scoring rate in Premier League history. He holds the record for the most number of hat-tricks in Premier League history – 12 out of his whopping 20 hat-tricks came in the league.

For Argentina, Sergio Aguero has been a critical player for the last two decades, starring alongside his compatriot Lionel Messi to take Argentine football to a higher pedestal. He has earned more than 100 caps for his country, including a regular appearance in three World Cups and five Copa Americas. Kun Aguero is Argentina’s third-highest goalscorer, behind Lionel Messi and Gabriel Batistuta. For both Messi and Aguero, the long drought of titles with the national team came to an end earlier this year when Argentina won the Copa America by defeating Brazil.

 

BRIGHT FUTURE

The anti-climactic ending to Aguero’s bright career might have shocked the footballing world, but if reports are to go by, the Argentine’s association with the game is far from over. Manchester City have already reportedly offered the star a ‘Global Ambassador’ role. Aguero’s global image can give a boost to the Citizens’ image across the world, attracting new fans to the Etihad. The veteran player can also consider a slew of managerial positions back in Argentina, or be associated with Lionel Scaloni to chase the long-standing Argentinian dream of winning the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

With a powerful and combative presence on the field along with a drive to succeed, Sergio Aguero leaves a rich legacy behind.

 

 

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