Sergio Agüero retires: why he is a great modern | UEFA Champions League
Manchester City’s all-time top scorer Sergio Agüero has confirmed his retirement from football after finding out he had heart disease while playing for Barcelona.
UEFA.com gives ‘Kun’ its due.
What they say
“When I arrived at Independiente they told me there was a phenomenon in the academy. One day I called him to train with the first team and he killed everyone. He immediately convinced us. “
Oscar Ruggeri, former Independiente coach
“Playing with him was one of the reasons I joined Atlético de Madrid. I first saw him on TV in Argentina, where he made his debut at the age of 15. years for my old team Independiente. A boy stood out against the men. He scored a goal in a derby and I jumped off the couch in amazement. “
Diego Forlan, former Atlético teammate
“He’s a legend and a part of the club’s history. Agüero’s numbers speak for themselves – he’s amazing.”
Josep Guardiola, Manchester City coach
“Thank you for all the great times you brought to our club, good luck for the future.”
Liam Gallagher, ex-singer of Oasis
International: 101 appearances, 41 goals
UEFA club competitions: 109 appearances, 63 goals
European national competition: 518 appearances, 297 goals
Claims to glory
Atlético de Madrid
• Agüero had a splendid record in home games against Barcelona, scoring twice in a 4-2 victory in March 2008 and a brace in a 4-3 thriller exactly 12 months later.
• He won the 2009/10 UEFA Europa League, scoring two decisive away goals that helped Atlético advance to the quarter-finals at the expense of Sporting CP.
• Agüero has totaled 74 La Liga goals in five seasons with Atlético, reaching the 20 mark in 2010/11.
• “Agüerooooooooo! I swear you will never see anything like this again!” Commentator Martin Tyler screamed when, with 93:20 on the clock, the City No.10 scored the goal against the Queens Park Rangers in May 2012 which won the Cityzens their first high-level championship since 1968.
• Agüero’s two hat-tricks in the UEFA Champions League, from the group stage to the final, came under City’s jersey. His side were down 2-1 at home against Bayern München in November 2014 when the Argentina international scored twice in the last five minutes to complete their hat-trick and give City a shot at qualifying against Roma in the 6th day.
• Agüero won the Premier League Golden Boot for his 26 goals in 2014/15.
• He became the fifth player to score five goals in a single Premier League game on Saturday 3 October 2015. As the Sky Blues trailed at home against Newcastle United, City’s star man scored five times in 21 minutes of each side of half-time with their team. turned a 1-0 deficit into a 6-1 win.
• ‘Kun’ became the 16th player to reach 50 goals in UEFA club competitions when he scored for City in their first game of the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League group stage – a 4 victory -0 at Feyenoord.
• The second goal of his hat-trick in the next league game, a 6-0 victory at Watford, was his 200th Premier League goal since arriving in Europe.
• Agüero scored his 178th goal against Napoli on November 1, 2017 to break Eric Brook’s 78-year-old club record.
• He scored 21 Premier League goals in 2017/18 and 2018/19 as City won back-to-back titles, and completed their collection of English domestic trophies by lifting the FA Cup in 2018/19.
• The Argentinian overtook Thierry Henry (175) and Frank Lampard (177) in the Premier League’s all-time best marksmen list in 2020. He signed for City with 184 goals, behind only Andy Cole (187), Wayne Rooney (208) and Alan Shearer (260) – although he leads them all as the Premier League goal scorer with just one club.
• His last appearance for City came as a 77th-minute substitute in the UEFA Champions League final against Chelsea. His team lost 1-0.
• The forward joined Barcelona on May 31, 2021 but has never joined longtime Argentina teammate Lionel Messi, who has moved to Paris. He made five appearances for his new club (four in La Liga, one in the UEFA Champions League) and scored against Real Madrid on October 17, but was ruled out following a heart problem in one game. against Alavés on October 31.
What you might not know
• Agüero was given the nickname ‘Kun’, which he sported on the back of his Manchester City shirt as a child by his grandparents due to his resemblance to a Japanese cartoon character called Kum Kum from his favorite TV series .
• He became the youngest debutant in Argentina’s Premier League when he was sent as a substitute for Independiente against San Lorenzo on July 5, 2003, just a month after his 15th birthday.
• Agüero won the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2005 and 2007. He received the Golden Ball and the Golden Shoe at the latter tournament in Canada after scoring six goals in seven appearances.
• There is a strange parallel between Agüero’s first games for Independiente and City. He recalls: “When I made my debut here at Manchester City I had the No.16 shirt and replaced Nigel De Jong, who was No.34. When I made my debut at Independiente, I had # 34, and I came for the guy who had #16. “
• Only Messi (80) and Gabriel Batistuta (54) have scored more goals for Argentina than Agüero (41).
• Agüero doesn’t like the heat and liked the rain in Manchester because it helped him fall asleep.
• Messi wrote the preface to ‘Sergio Kun Aguero: Born to Rise: My Story’, which was published in 2014. He was Messi’s roommate with the national team.
What he says
• “My nickname is different from most athletes, so I’ve come to like it because it’s unique. It’s not everyday that an athlete is nicknamed after a cartoon character! “
“I like the stuff, I like to dazzle. Dribbling and leaving your opponent on their back is the reason for being. If I accomplish what I want, then I will mark another era in football. am the Che Guevara of modern football. “
“[The last day of the 2011/12 season] It was a crazy situation as we knew the scenario required to win the title, but I felt like I would die if we didn’t win or I would kill myself if we miss our title shot! OK, maybe that’s a bit dramatic, but I felt like there would be nothing to hope for if we failed. “