Sergio Aguero only hung up his boots for good recently after being forced to due to a health scare, but the Argentine has already been honoured by one of his former clubs.
Manchester City have unveiled a large statue of the striker to mark 10 years since Aguero’s iconic last-gasp Premier League title-winning goal against Queens Park Rangers in 2012. The five-time Premier League winner will forever be remembered fondly by the City faithful for his efforts since he arrived at the club in the summer of 2011.
The Buenos Aires-born talent notched a staggering 260 goals while donning the City shirt, including 184 in 275 league appearances – the most amount scored by a foreign player in English top-flight history. The most important of those 184 was undoubtedly his 93rd minute strike to steal the title away from neighbours Manchester United a decade ago.
To celebrate that moment, the club opted to unveil a statue depicting the striker celebrating the goal outside the Etihad. It is the third statue to be erected on the East Side of the ground, with Vincent Kompany and David Silva also boasting their own.
Unfortunately for the Argentine, there has been plenty of talk over how much Aguero’s actually looks like the former City star. Not only that, but some fans have spotted that in actual fact it looks far more like Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos. The likeliness in uncanny, so much so that Kroos himself addressed that fact.
The German international and former Bayern Munich ban quote-tweeted an image of Aguero looking up at the artwork intended to look like him and simply wrote: “Sure?” implying what many fans were thinking anyway in that without context it looks far more like a statue in dedication to Kroos himself.
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Aguero, however, appeared very pleased with the effort and explained how it feels to be immortalised to the City website. “Truthfully, it is a very beautiful thing for me, to see myself 10 years ago is very moving,” the Argentine revealed.
“In those 10 years I was able to win a lot of trophies and was able to help the Club become one of the most important in the world. I am very grateful to the Club for making this statue in recognition of my football career in Manchester. It is something very special.”
Andy Scott, the man behind the sculpture, waxed lyrical about the subject of his work at the official unveiling: “It has been an honour to work on a project that means so much to Manchester City fans around the world in celebration of such an important player in the life of this football club.”