10 Little-Known Facts About Manchester City's Sergio Aguero
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero: A player who has excelled in English football since his very first game against Swansea back in 2011 and who scored the most iconic goal in the history of the Premier League when he hit the winner against QPR in 2012 that sealed City's first title in 44 years.
His time in England has been defined by explosive pace, excitement and, most importantly, goals. He's already scored 50 in the league—73 in total—in what has been a remarkable few years at the Etihad.
Even after three separate injury lay-offs this season, his reputation has been enhanced, and he is now considered one of the finest strikers in Europe. He's managed 26 goals in 25 games, and City will be desperate to get him back to full fitness as soon as possible to give themselves the best possible chance of winning the title.
Here we look at 10 little-known facts about City's star striker.
1. Argentinian Journalist Eduardo Gonzalez Recommended Aguero to Independiente
While playing in Buenos Aires as an 8-year-old, Aguero was spotted by journalist Eduardo Gonzalez, who suggested to Independiente that they sign him.
Gonzalez told the Daily Mail that "it was impossible not to see how good he was," and by the time Aguero was nine, Independiente had signed him. He was instantly fast-tracked and flew through the youth levels before making his debut at a very young age...
2. Aguero Was the Youngest Player to Play in Argentina's Top Flight
In 2003, aged just 15 years and 35 days, Aguero became the youngest-ever player to appear in the Argentinian Primera Division, eclipsing the record set by Diego Maradona back in 1976.
He played for Independiente against Pablo Zabaleta's San Lorenzo and it was abundantly clear he had the talent to make it big.
His low centre of gravity and searing pace were evident immediately and allowed him to compete with players much bigger and stronger than himself. For Aguero, it was a dream to play for the club he'd always supported and the one he'd joined six years earlier.
3. Toni Munoz Spotted Him and Took Him to Atletico Madrid
In 2005, Toni Munoz, who was then the sporting director at Atletico Madrid, saw Aguero play in the South American Under-19s and knew instantly he wanted to bring him to Spain.
"There was no question about his technical ability," Munoz told the Mail. A £20-million transfer was soon agreed, and Aguero's European adventure began.
4. He Scored 20 League Goals for First Time in 2010/11
In what proved to be his last season at Atleti, Aguero scored 20 league goals for the first time in his career, including a seven-match goalscoring streak that was unmatched in Europe.
He scored 27 in all competitions in 2010/11 and became one of the most sought-after players in world football. He left Atletico that summer having scored 101 goals in 234 appearances for the club.
5. Aguero Is Still Manchester City's Record Buy
Signed in 2011 for £38 million, Aguero remains City's most expensive transfer ever. Some eyebrows were raised when such a hefty fee was paid for such a young player, but time has proven it to be a great decision.
Atletico used the money to buy Radamel Falcao, who went on to become the latest in a long line of top goalscorers to play for Atletico.
6. He Became First City Player Since Francis Lee to Score 30 in a Season
In his debut season at City, Aguero managed 30 goals—the first City player to do so in the top flight since club legend Francis Lee in 1971/72.
It all started with a remarkable debut against Swansea. Aguero was brought on with 30 minutes of the match remaining, but it was enough time to produce a wonderful assist and score two goals, the second a 30-yard screamer.
He finished the season with the winner in the dying seconds against QPR on the last day, a goal that secured City's first title in 44 years. It's the most famous goal in Premier League history and has written Aguero into club folklore.
7. He Tried to Buy Five Players for Independiente
According to his father, Aguero tried to fund five transfers in a bid to help Independiente win promotion back to the top flight.
Leonel Aguero told Argentinian radio station Solo Rojo (via ESPN):
Sergio Aguero offered to buy five players and pay their salaries. We asked Carlos Squeo [assistant to manager Miguel Angel Brindisi] for a list of players.
We don’t know what players they want because no-one called back. Not Squeo, not Brindisi. [There is] No leadership. I feel there is a slight against Sergio.
It was a wonderful gesture to a club that had nurtured him from the age of nine through to his first-team debut when he was 15.
8. He Considered Returning to Independiente After Their Relegation
Aguero even admitted how he briefly considered a move back to Independiente when they were relegated.
He told the Sun (subscription required):
I love Independiente and when they were relegated I even thought about moving back there. I wanted to help the club to go up again. I definitely thought about it but my agent told me City would have killed us if we had.
I know my job is at City -- I’m just saying the thought passed through my mind when Independiente went down.
I’ve been very happy at City since the day I came but I’m definitely going back to Independiente in a few years as I want to finish my career there.
9. Aguero's Son Benjamin Has a Mean Right-Foot Strike
In 2009, Aguero's then-wife, Giannina Maradona, youngest daughter of football legend Diego, gave birth to a son, Benjamin Aguero.
Clearly, with a mix of Aguero and Maradona blood, there is already an expectation that he will go on to be a talented player, and by the look of his right foot in this video, it could well happen.
10. He Once Flirted with Pop Stardom
Quite how this has been kept a relative secret is a mystery, but Aguero once featured on a music track with, well, questionable results.
Cumbia is a style of Latin American music that was particularly popular in the '50s. I'll let the video do the talking, but here is Aguero teaming up with Los Leales for their track "El Kun Aguero".