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Manchester City Forward Sergio Aguero's Top 6 Argentina Moments

Phil KeidelContributor IISeptember 26, 2016

Manchester City Forward Sergio Aguero's Top 6 Argentina Moments

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    Aguero's international career is still progressing.
    Aguero's international career is still progressing.Vadim Ghirda/Associated Press

    Manchester City supporters spent much of the past Premier League season fretting over the health of star striker Sergio Aguero.

    Now, it is Argentina's turn.

    With the World Cup edging ever closer, La Albiceleste are counting on Aguero to resume his often-devastating partnership with Lionel Messi this summer.

    As Sky Blues fans can attest, though, Aguero is always one acceleration away from limping off.

    Here are six of Aguero's greatest days playing football in and for his South American home.

Debut with Independiente in 2003

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    There's a baby face.
    There's a baby face.DANIEL LUNA/Associated Press

    As noted by Lee Roden of talkSPORT, Aguero let the football world know early that he was going to be a pretty big deal with his "debut for boyhood club Independiente coming at the ludicrously young age of 15."

    Comparisons to another Argentine football prodigy were probably inevitable.

    "It made him the youngest player ever to debut in Argentina’s top flight, breaking a record held by Diego Maradona."

    There is a name that you maybe should not mention too often around Aguero these days. 

Youngest Player Ever to Play in Copa Libertadores in 2004

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    Aguero's low center of gravity makes him a difficult man to mark, and to shield the ball from.
    Aguero's low center of gravity makes him a difficult man to mark, and to shield the ball from.DANIEL LUNA/Associated Press

    Before he played Champions League football in Europe and well before doing so for Manchester City, Aguero was competing in the highest level of South American champions football.

    Per the City website, Aguero "became the youngest ever player in the Copa Libertadores (the South American Champions League) in 2004, scoring his first goal against Estudiantes on 26 November that year."

    Groundbreaking and important goals would become something of a signature for Kun Aguero.

Copa America Brace Against Costa Rica in 2011

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    Aguero was more than Costa Rica could handle.
    Aguero was more than Costa Rica could handle.Fernando Vergara/Associated Press

    Aguero is never going to be Argentina's dominant player as long as Messi is in form.

    But Aguero has had his moments in the pale blue and white shirt, often at least partially attributable to his work with Messi.

    Aguero posted a brace against Costa Rica in the 2011 Copa America group stage, leading Argentina to a 3-0 victory.

    "Sergio Aguero scored in first-half stoppage time, and again in the 52nd minute following a pass from Barcelona star Lionel Messi, who showed his best form for the first time in the tournament," noted the ESPN FC match report.

    Aguero did most of the heavy lifting for Argentina in those preliminaries:

    "Aguero had scored Argentina's only other goal its opening two draws, making him the tournament scoring leader with three."

Game-Winning Goal in 2011 World Cup Qualifier Against Colombia

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    Aguero was feeling the love after winning this match for Argentina.
    Aguero was feeling the love after winning this match for Argentina.Fernando Vergara/Associated Press

    As any Manchester City fan knows, Aguero can score goals any time he is on the pitch. He scores them early. He scores them before and after the interval.

    And yes, he scores them late.

    Aguero's penchant for dramatic goals was in evidence for Argentina in their 2011 World Cup qualifier against Colombia.

    "Substitute Sergio Aguero's 85th-minute goal completed Argentina's comeback for a 2-1 victory over Colombia in South American World Cup qualifying on Tuesday," noted The Associated Press match report (via Fox Sports).

    Ever opportunistic and goal-hungry, "Aguero got his goal when Ospina blocked a shot by Higuain, the Manchester City striker slotting home the loose ball."

Penalty Against Ecuador in 2013 World Cup Qualifier

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    Aguero's aim was true on this spot-kick.
    Aguero's aim was true on this spot-kick.Dolores Ochoa/Associated Press/Associated Press

    Penalty kicks are dicey propositions under the best of circumstances. In a World Cup qualifier in a hostile stadium, a spot-kick in the fourth minute must be just about terrifying.

    The players have had no chance to get into the flow of the match, and their heart rates are likely not even at an optimal level.

    That was the circumstance Aguero found himself in against Ecuador in World Cup qualifying in 2013.

    Aguero calmly scored, staking Argentina to a 1-0 lead that they ultimately could not hold. 

    As per Daniel Edwards' report for Goal.com:

    Sergio Aguero's early penalty was cancelled out by Segundo Castillo's header, and despite frantic home pressure the Albiceleste showed just enough to earn the solitary point that keeps them on track to qualify for Brazil 2014 at the top of the qualifying table. 

    That point was as valuable as any other in Argentina's eventual qualification for the coming World Cup.

Brace Against Edin Dzeko and Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2013 Friendly

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    Dzeko's national side had no answers for Aguero.
    Dzeko's national side had no answers for Aguero.Jeff Roberson/Associated Press

    Some friendlies are just different.

    Argentina faced Bosnia-Herzegovina in a November 2013 friendly in St. Louis. Aguero lined up against his Manchester City strike partner Edin Dzeko.

    Aguero left the United States with all of the bragging rights at stake between the two City stars.

    "Sergio Aguero scored twice and was feisty as well drawing the lone yellow card in a 2-0 exhibition victory over Bosnia," noted the ESPN FC match report.

    For his part, Dzeko was predictably not thrilled with how the showdown turned out.

    "We'll take it as a good experience and get better soon," Dzeko sighed. "It's going to take time."

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