6 Insane Sergio Aguero Stats No One Talks About
Fresh off the back of another league title, Sergio Aguero could be one of the stars of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The supremely talented Manchester City forward is an undisputed choice for Argentina, where he will line up alongside Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain and Angel Di Maria to form international football's most fearsome attack.
Aguero's recent exploits are well-documented in the media, but what of the kid who first came to Europe in 2005?
Some of the most surprising aspects of El Kun's short career are highlighted—from his first steps in professional football with Independiente to international triumphs and even his romantic life.
6. He Was a Teen Prodigy
Most world-class footballers start to make waves while still in their teenage years. However, Aguero started a little earlier than most as a wonderkid with Avellaneda-based club Independiente.
El Kun's debut came at the ridiculously early age of 15 years, one month and three days. It was in the last game of the 2003 Clausura campaign against San Lorenzo, per El Pais.
Coincidentally, his first game was the last for Gabriel Milito, who left Avellaneda for Real Zaragoza.
Aguero became the youngest ever player to play in the Argentine Primera Division, breaking the long-standing record of the man who was destined to become his father-in-law, one Diego Maradona.
5. His Transfer Paid for a Stadium
Aguero played for just under three years with Independiente, racking up an impressive 23 goals in 56 appearances before European football beckoned at just 18.
The Diablos Rojos were handsomely rewarded for releasing their teenage prodigy.
With the money that entered the Rojo coffers, work could finally begin on a new stadium for the Argentine giants, per Diario 26. In return, El Kun was honoured with a luxury box at the ground by then-president Julio Comparada.
Comes Alive in International Competition
At the age of 25, Aguero's record of 47 caps for the Argentina national team and 21 goals is impressive in its own right. However, that general statistic hides the fact that the forward is most dangerous when the games really mean something.
If you discount friendlies from the player's history, Aguero has hit 14 goals in 29 competitive matches for his nation—be they World Cup qualifiers, the tournament itself or the Copa America.
That translates to a strike-rate of just under 50 percent, and it includes a top-scoring effort for the Albiceleste in 2011, with three goals in four Copa America encounters.
3. Won Not One, but Two Junior World Cups
Due to obvious restrictions on age, most players only get one shot at lifting the World Cup played for at the under-20 level. As we have seen, however, Sergio Aguero is definitively not like most players.
In 2005, El Kun was used exclusively as a substitute, coming off the bench four times in the first glimpses of a potentially deadly partnership with Lionel Messi.
Aguero finished without goals, but La Pulga was top scorer with six as the Albiceleste kids won the title.
Two years later, it was the now-Atletico prodigy's time to shine. Aguero played every game in Canada, equalling Messi's six goals to win the Golden Ball, Golden Shoe and lift his second title alongside current senior squad members Sergio Romero, Angel Di Maria and Gabriel Mercado.
2. His Girlfriend Also Racks Up Trophies
After breaking up with Giannina Maradona, Aguero was heavily linked to singer Karina. After denying the relationship on several occasions, the pair finally came clean.
A native of Greater Buenos Aires like her other half, Karina was involved in Manchester City's title celebrations this year alongside El Kun.
However, the footballer is not the only successful member of the duo. The Cumbia singer is one of the highest-selling artists in Argentina, and she has won on five occasions the prestigious Carlos Gardel award as Best Female Tropical Artist.
1. Scored His 200th Goal out of the 16 Shirt
Ever since Aguero broke into European football with Atletico Madrid, he has been closely associated with the No. 16 shirt.
However, on one occasion this season, a possible change in the striker's wardrobe was hinted at.
In a World Cup qualifying match against Paraguay, El Kun took the decision to ditch the 16 shirt in favour of the No. 20 he used before moving across the Atlantic, per Clarin.
His number had been chosen as a tribute to ex-girlfriend Maradona, whose birthday falls on May 16, and his continued use of it was not to the liking of Karina.
The change had an instant impact, as he scored the 200th goal of his career.