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Man City To Honor Sergio Aguero With A Statue At Etihad Stadium

Argentine forward Sergio Aguero, will never miss in history of Manchester city books when history will be written, As he starts his preparation to leave City, He will always be associated with every single success of the Club ever since he joined the English side from Atletico Madrid.

Sergio Aguero is expected to leave City when his contract expires at the end of this season and football fans in the blue half of Manchester are coming to terms with the impending departure of the 32-year-old striker.

Having Participated in 384 games for the Club, Aguero has scored 257 goals still regarded as clubs greatest goal-scorer of all-time. He has won the club 10 trophy’s ever since he joined from Atletico Madrid in 2011, three years after the club was taken over by Abu Dhabi owners.

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Taking to social media to announce his departure the Argentine proudly expressed his feelings about playing for City even as he acknowledged his ten successful seasons at Etihad.

“When a cycle comes to an end, many sensations arise,” the Argentine wrote on Twitter.

“A huge sense of satisfaction and pride remains in me for having played with Manchester City for a whole 10 seasons unusual for a professional player in this day and age.”

Aguero has won four Premier League titles, with a fifth looking almost certain this season for City. Pep Guardiola’s side also remain in the hunt for a historic quadruple.

Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has revealed a statue of the striker has been commissioned to stand alongside those currently being made to honour Aguero’s former team-mates David Silva and Vincent Kompany.

“Sergio’s contribution to Manchester City over the last 10 years cannot be over-stated,” said Al Mubarak. “His legend will be indelibly etched into the memories of everyone who loves the club and maybe even in those who simply love football.”

Team-mate Kevin De Bruyne hailed him as a “City legend forever” while City defender Aymeric Laporte described him as a “class act” on and off the pitch.

Ever since Aguero underwent Surgery in the last season he has been struggling with injuries. A hamstring problem complicated his comeback and then he had to sit out a month after a coronavirus infection.

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It is believed his injury prone season prompted City not to offer him a new season long contract but Aguero insists he is open and far from finishing football career saying he is ready to face his new challenge with “passion and professionalism”.

Sergio Aguero won City hearts nine years ago when he scored against QPR to give City a determining win for the EPL at the time after receiving the ball from Mario Balotelli and thundering home a finish to secure a 3-2 victory against QPR and send the Etihad into raptures.

Manchester United were seconds away from celebrating yet another Premier League title, prolonging the agony of their neighbors, who had not been crowned English champions since 1968.

There is even a 93:20 lounge at the stadium in a nod to the timing of Aguero’s dramatic title-clinching winner.

The Argentine became the club’s record goal-scorer when he overtook Eric Brook’s 78-year landmark in 2017 and is now far out on his own.

He is the highest-scoring overseas player in Premier League history and is fourth on the all-time Premier League goal-scoring list, with 181 goals.

Aguero has only managed 14 appearances scoring three times due to injury that has hampered his season long play services.

But former City defender Micah Richards, who won the title alongside Aguero in the 2011/12 season believes the Argentine still has a lot to offer.

“Unless you get (Kylian) Mbappe, (Erling) Haaland or (Harry) Kane, what striker are you going to get to replace him? You get another year out of him,” Richards told the BBC.

City have been linked with a move for Borussia Dortmund hotshot Haaland, who is one of the most coveted players in world football, and Kane could be another option.

Barcelona are reported to be potential suitors and the Argentine has also been linked with Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Inter Milan.

City, for their part, hope to have thousands of fans back in their stadium as Covid-19 restrictions are eased- in time to say farewell to Aguero and give a fitting send-off to one of their true greats.

 

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