At least he's out of there now.
Sergio Agüero falls in line with the likes of a Joaquín: playing exceptionally well on team that is not going anywhere. This may sound harsh for Atlético Madrid fans to hear, but it’s the truth.
El Kun was transferred to Los Colchoneros in a €20 million move from Independiente (ARG). After a slow first year, Agüero proved he was the future of Atlético in the 2007-08 season by scoring 19 goals, finishing third in La Liga in scoring. His play that year helped Atlético win the now-defunct UEFA Intertoto Cup.
Kun was a goal-scoring machine, scoring 74 goals in his five years in the Spanish capital. Diego Forlán also helped Kun and Atlético win the UEFA Europa League and UEFA Super Cup in 2010. But you always got the feeling that his team was always playing for third or fourth place La Liga standings.
Given Real and Barça dominate in both play and in the financial aspect, it was tough to see a talented player like Kun try and carry his team knowing it would only lead to disappointment. To Sergio’s credit, he tried his best to stay positive about his team and their financial issues. Agüero stated many times how he loved Atlético and wanted to lead his team to great things.
Perhaps he was too naïve.
Last year, Forlán’s play began to slide and was eventually benched. Agüero proceeded to carry his team throughout the season and scoring a personal best 20 goals in the season. Football fans, as well as major clubs, finally took notice of Agüero’s ability to lead. Kun’s efforts with Atlético were to no avail as Atlético—lacking talented and skilled players around him—were inconsistent, mediocre at best and finished seventh in the standings.
Kun was named the vice-captian of the team in January of this year in an effort to try and keep his talents at the Vicente Calderón.
But Agüero had enough. In May, he stated that he wanted to leave Atlético Madrid.
A struggle ensued. Kun was requesting to move to a major club, while Atlético were very hesitant to transfer him (and who can blame them). Finally, Atlético agreed to transfer Agüero to Manchester City for an estimated €41 million. Kun has shined for the Citizens, as he has scored 10 goals in 11 games.
Kun has always been a great player, but his play was always overshadowed by Atlético Madrid’s struggles to succeed in La Liga. It was tough to watch such a talented player be so frustrated on-the-field, as Kun ran all over the pitch trying to create plays for his teammates.
It is not Atlético Madrid’s fault that Kun’s talents were being wasted. They did what was best for the team. Last season finally showed all of us how Sergio Agüero’s talents can carry a team almost single-handedly.
Kun finally realized that his talents were being wasted on a team that wasn’t going anywhere. He wanted to be a star, and in order to showcase his talents to their full potential, he needed to leave Atlético.