Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Let’s Take a Moment to Appreciate the Enduring Brilliance of Man City Living Legend Sergio Aguero

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A Living Legend

From the very first moment Manchester City announced the £38 million worth deal for then the Atletico Madrid flamboyant striker Sergio Aguero in 2011 it was clear that the Argentine international would not take too long to become the fan favourite at the Etihad.

The total of 34 Premier League games and 23 goals in his debut season in the English top flight came as clear confirmation of such a claim but it was only one of those goals that helped him set foot on the pedestal as one of Manchester City’s biggest player ever in his very first season with the club.

With Manchester United already getting the result they needed to secure the Premier League title at Sunderland, Manchester City – on the back of a five-match winning run – came agonizingly close to pip their more illustrious city rivals to the title and possibly create one of the biggest surprises that year.

it was only the goal difference working in Manchester United’s favour and the Citizens needed to match or better United’s result in their own game against QPR on the very final matchday of the season.

Unforgettable Moment in City’s History

Loaded with unimaginable pressure on their shoulders, Roberto Mancini’s men failed to overcome emotions for the better part of the game as relegation-threatened Rangers took a 2-1 lead despite playing with a man down after Joey Barton got sent off after elbowing Carlos Tevez.

With Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko thrown in to hold Aguero’s back in attack the diminutive Argentine decided it was the perfect time to end his team’s misery. A world-class striker that he is Aguero stepped up to the plate to show his class and help City win title in unforgettable fashion.

Aguero received a ball from Mario Balotelli in the 95th minute of the match and drove into the box with his trademark pace before unleashing a powerful low shot into the corner to send the entire stadium into a delirium.

The Argentine confessed to have cried a bit after that moment which made him one of Manchester City’s greatest players alive.

Challenging Times

Five years onwards and Sergio Aguero enjoys a cult status at Etihad. His reputation got a bit tarnished last season when new manager Pep Guardiola questioned his work-rate in defensive duties, while also pushing him down the pecking order behind the red-hot Brazilian sensation Gabriel Jesus.

Sergio Aguero did not waste any tears over it and reacted like a true professional that he is – by working hard and responding in the best way possible. In a season which was regarded as a rather difficult for him Aguero still managed to find the back of the net 33 times in 45 appearances, thus maintaining his impressive scoring rate and sending Guardiola a clear message.

The Spaniard understood it and started to change his playing model to accommodate both Aguero and Jesus in what has this season become one of the most lethal attacking partnerships in Europe.

A reward for Sergio Aguero’s relentless attitude and top-class mentality came on Wednesday when Argentine forward became Manchester City’s all-time leading goalscorer.

Aguero surpassed Eric Brook and his 177-goal tally for Citizens to sit top of the scoring chart with 178 goals from 264 appearances. The achievement gets more impressive knowing that Aguero did in a significantly lower number of games than Brook who scored his 177 goals in 494 games.

City’s Best Ever

A world-class finisher deserves the reward after a difficult year, a reward which even moved Pep Guardiola to publicly praise his striker.

“Sergio Aguero is now a legend.”, commended Manchester City boss.

The most impressive thing behind Sergio Aguero’s numbers is the consistency. He might not be the Premier League’s most attractive striker at the moment with media presence revolving to a higher degree around Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku, but Sergio Aguero has been maintaining his goalscoring rate for more than six years in a row now and that’s remarkably admirable.

Aguero’s tally currently stands at 7 Premier League goals from as many goals. He added two more in the Champions League to take his tally to 9 in total in 10 matches. And with a long and excruciating season in front of Citizens, Sergio Aguero is widely expected to reach the magic number of 20 which is the lowest number of goals he scored in five of his six seasons at City.

Manchester City have a big challenge ahead of them next weekend in the Premier League.

The Citizens play host to Arsenal in an effort to extend their lead at the top of the standings and the Argentine striker looks a good bet at 11/18 to score anytime against Gunners.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Milos Markovic


Formerly a Chief Editor at the largest sports site in Serbia Sportske.net, Milos Markovic is an avid football writer who contributes to a variety of online football magazines - most prominently Soccernews.com and Futbolgrad.com. His feature articles, editorials, interviews and match analyses have provided informed opinion and views, helping the football aficionados keep up to date on relevant events in world football.

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