Sergio 'Kun' Aguero: 10 Things You Didn't Know About the Manchester City Striker
When Roberto Mancini signed Sergio ‘Kun’ Aguero for £38 million, the Italian manager knew that he was securing the services of one of the world’s finest footballing talents.
The Argentine striker has a commendable goal scoring record for club and country, fantastic ball control and is one of the hardest workers in the modern game.
Roberto Mancini has described him as a ‘photocopy’ of Brazilian legend Romario. (Source: BBC Sport)
What he may not have known is that the 5’7 1⁄2" striker was the lead singer for a Colombian pop song. Or that the tattoo on his right arm is written in Elvish, a fictional language taken from J.R.R Tolkien’s ‘The Lord of the Rings' books.
This is a slideshow that was created for fun, and that will hopefully reveal one or two unknown truths about Manchester City’s most exciting new recruit.
He Has Recorded a Song as a Lead Singer
A cumbia band called Los Leales recorded a song titled “El Kun Aguero.”
Sergio Aguero joined forces with the band to star as their lead singer for the song.
Cumbia is a Latin American style of music that originated in Colombia’s Caribbean coastal region. It has its origins in the 1920’s but reached its peak in the 50’s.
I could get technical and explain the theory behind the music structure, but instead, I’ll leave it to you to check out the video!
He Has a Tattoo Written in a Fictional Language
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He Is an Olympic Gold Medallist
Sergio Aguero and Leonel Messi showing off their Olympic gold medals
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Kun Aguero was a regular fixture in Argentina’s team at the 2008 Summer Olympics held in Beijing, China.
He started in six of Argentina’s seven games, and scored two goals in the space of five minutes to help defeat Brazil 3-0 in the semi-final. Argentina was awarded a penalty in the 79th minute, but Kun Kun was denied the opportunity to score a hat-trick. Juan Roman Riquelme took the penalty instead.
Argentina went on to defeat Nigeria 1-0 in the final.
He Signed a Contract in January 2011 That Reduced His Release Clause
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It is strange that a club would be willing to reduce the release clause fee of one of their best players, especially when the player is likely to improve in the future.
On January 5th 2011 the Daily Mail reported that the Argentine striker extended his contract with Atletico by two years, on the condition that his release be lowered from £51 million to £38 million.
During the 2010 summer transfer window Aguero attracted interest from a multitude of clubs, including Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool, but the Premier League giants refused to accept Atletico’s demands.
The £13 million reduction in his release clause is no doubt the reason why he will be playing Premier League football in the 2011- 2012 season.
He Is a Liverpool Fan
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Reports in the media, prior to his move to Atletico Madrid in 2006, claimed that Sergio Aguero tried to force a deal that would enable him to sign for Liverpool.
The twenty-three-year-old Argentine is quoted saying "I have been a Liverpool fan for as long as I can remember and it would be a dream to play there."
"I watched the Champions League final [Liverpool’s famous victory against AC Milan] and celebrated every goal as if it was for Independiente."(Source: Munchen TZ)
He Was Brought Up in Poverty
Various social pressures threatened to hold back Aguero's development as a footballer
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The Sun newspaper has dubbed Sergio Aguero the ‘Slumgold Millionaire.’
It is reported that as a child he grew up in a slum called Villa Itali, situated on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. His father was a taxi driver, earning just £20 a week.
Villa Itali has a population of 60,000 with half of its resident’s victims of drug addiction. ‘Paco’, a by-product of cocaine, is prevalent on the streets and has been known to be cut with rat poison and grounded glass.
When asked about his early years Kun Aguero commented:
“Life was f***ed. A lot of robbing, a difficult district."
"I had a very bad time. All the friends I had, I don't think any of them are at home. They're all in prison,” he said
"If I hadn't got out of there, I don't know what would have happened to me. The ball rescued me," he added.
His wages, which are reported to be in excess of £200, 000 a week have made his adult life worlds apart from the one he lived as a child.
He Is the Youngest Ever Player to Compete in Argentina’s Top Flight
A compilation of Agueros time playing in Argentina
He made his debut for Independiente at the age of 15 years and 35 days. To this day he remains the youngest player to ever play in the Clausura.
"I was a lot younger and smaller than most of the players, so I had to learn how to avoid and dodge aggressive tackles."(Source: Express.co.uk)
“Honestly, I think my debut at such a young age came as a big surprise to both myself and Oscar Ruggeri, the former coach of Independiente. But I just went to the training sessions and made sure I listened to both the veteran players and the coaches for guidance,” he added.
“Ruggeri took such a big risk on me at such a young age. He had a great deal of confidence in me when I was just a little boy.” (Source: BBC Sport)
During his time playing for El Rojo he scored an impressive 23 goals in 53 games.
In May 2006, at the age of 18, he went on to sign for Atletico Madrid for a reported fee of €23 million.
He Is Nicknamed ‘Kun Kun’ After a Character in Japanese Anime
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When asked to explain his nickname, Sergio Aguero told BBC Sport:
“Kun actually represents a Japanese cartoon character from my favourite series that I used to watch as a child,” he said.
“I coined the nickname Kun because of my resemblance to the character, which was actually named Kum Kum."
“My grandparents were the first ones who gave me the name. I think my nickname is different in comparison to most athletes and so I have grown to appreciate it because it's unique. It's not every day an athlete is nicknamed after a cartoon character!” (Source: BBC Sport)
He Is Diego Maradona’s Son in Law
Sergio Aguero and his son, Benjamin
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Diego Maradona’s outspoken and confrontational nature was not enough to prevent Aguero from marrying his youngest daughter, Giannina Maradona.
The couple began dating in 2007 and celebrated the birth of their first child, a boy named Benjamin, on February 19th 2009.
Given Benjamin’s gene pool, he should turn into quite the player!
He Is Manchester City’s Record Signing
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Under Sheikh Mansour, Manchester City have developed a reputation for being big spenders.
Sergio Aguero is the biggest expenditure of the lot!
His £38 million transfer is almost £6 million more than The Citizens paid for Robinho in 2008.
To see just how expensive he was, even by City’s standards, look at the names beneath him on this list:
1) Sergio Aguero £38 million, 2011
2) Robinho £32.5 million, 2008
3) Edin Dzeko £27 million, 2011
4) James Milner £26 million, 2010
5) Carlos Tevez. £25.5 million, 2009