The time has almost come for Sergio Aguero and Manchester City to part ways.
The Argentine arrived in Manchester back in 2011, and has gone on to win five Premier League titles and become the club’s all-time leading goalscorer.
Not a bad decade, then. But after 10 years of banging in the goals for the Cityzens, it’s time to say goodbye. Aguero’s contract expires at the end of the season, and the club has already announced that he will leave after the Champions League final.
The Argentine will be remembered as one of the greatest players to have ever pulled on their jersey, and his injury-time winner against Queens Park Rangers in 2012 will go down as the most important goal in the club’s history.
In a recent interview with Sky Sports, Aguero discussed that heart-stopping, title-winning goal, his time in Manchester and what it has all meant to him. Here’s what he had to say.
“That goal for me is the most important of my life. All the time, I watch that game and my family too, and my son. I think that goal will be all the time in [my] head.
“When I touched [the ball] before the goal, I thought ‘ok, maybe it’s a penalty’, the centre-back touched but not strongly, just a little bit. And then I thought ‘I just have to shoot’ and when I shoot, the decision is to always shoot as strong as possible to the first post and I had to be lucky. Then for two or three days, I didn’t believe it.
“For us, it was a little bit nervous because we had to win but what happened in the second half, when I looked at the time, it was 88 minutes and it was 2-1, I thought ‘no, I can’t believe it’.”
“When I came here, I wanted to play in the Premier League, I didn’t know for what team, but when my agent called me and said Manchester City wanted me to be there, I said yes because I liked the Premier League.
“I don’t know why, I never learnt English because in my country, school is not good and it’s not good to learn English, but I tried with David Silva, Carlos Tevez and Pablo Zabaleta, they helped me… When I came here, with English, everyone was so good and they helped me a lot.
“I think that then on the pitch, it is easy to play here because my team-mates helped me all the time.”
“It’s so strange. I will miss my team-mates a lot and the fans. When I came here, the fans… when I received the ball, I listened to the people, saying my name and it gives me more confidence to play. The people push you and you feel more confident. I want to say thank you to the Manchester City fans and my team-mates because they help me all the time, every day, in training and in the games.
“There’s just two weeks more and then I will decide what is the next thing. I will say goodbye to the people [fans] and then get ready for the [Champions League] final. For me, in my mind, I feel good and my body, maybe I can do two years more in Europe at my best and then I can just relax.”
We will all miss you too, Sergio.