Tuesday, May 17

Sergio Aguero’s best Manchester City goals – ranked

Where on earth do you begin with this one?

It seems like 90% of Sergio Aguero’s time at Manchester City was spent wheeling away in celebration, making the task of wading through his 260 goals for the club and narrowing them down to a top ten rather difficult to say the least.

But the Argentine, who announced his retirement in December 2021 because of a heart condition, was not only a serial goalscorer, he was a serial winner.

Aguero helped put City on the map and was a key figure in helping their dreams become reality, eventually leaving the Etihad Stadium with no fewer than five Premier League titles, as well as a multitude of domestic cup winners medals.

His goals will never be forgotten in the blue half of Manchester, in particular the following the ten…

Aguero at Manchester City

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When you move to the Premier League for a figure as high as £35m, you don’t expect to get much leeway before you’re duty bound to produce the goods.

Many foreign imports have fallen foul of such levels of expectation, but not Sergio. He struck twice on his City debut against Swansea, and it’s the second of his two strikes that make it into the number ten spot.

Aguero needed just one touch to get the ball out of his feet before unleashing an unstoppable drive past Swans goalkeeper Michel Vorm and into the bottom corner.

A truly memorable introduction to the Premier League,

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One thing you could never accuse Aguero of is padding out his goal record against poor opposition.

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He had a stellar record against some of the best sides in the Premier League, and Manchester United in particular were likely glad to see the back of him when he joined Barcelona.

The first of our entries against City’s neighbours is his thunderous strike at the Etihad in November 2018. Aguero played a lovely one-two with Riyad Mahrez before firing the ball high into the net, giving David de Gea no chance.

Sergio Aguero produced a superb solo goal against Sunderland in 2014Sergio Aguero produced a superb solo goal against Sunderland in 2014

Sergio Aguero produced a superb solo goal against Sunderland in 2014 / Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Aguero bagged himself a brace as City blew Sunderland away at the Stadium of Light back in 2014, and the first of his two goals was an absolute beauty.

He picked up the ball and nutmegged Sebastian Coates before rifling the ball past former City goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon and into the back of the net. Sheer class.

Sergio Aguero's instinctive volley put City 1-0 up against local rivals United in September 2013Sergio Aguero's instinctive volley put City 1-0 up against local rivals United in September 2013

Sergio Aguero’s instinctive volley put City 1-0 up against local rivals United in September 2013 / Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Manchester United entry number two.

David Moyes wasn’t enjoying the greatest of starts to life as United boss when the two sides met back in September 2013, so the last thing he needed was a drumming away at their local rivals.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side hit the front early on thanks to the brilliance of Aguero.

Samir Nasri combined with Aleksandar Kolarov on the City left before the latter swung the ball into the box. There was still plenty to do but Aguero made it look simple, taking the ball on the volley and firing his side into the lead.

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Another strike against one of the Premier League’s big hitters.

Chelsea were well and truly demolished by City on their visit to the Etihad back in February 2019, and no surprise Aguero was at the forefront of it all.

He hit a hat-trick as Pep Guardiola’s men ran out convincing 6-1 winners, with his first goal of the game drawing plaudits as he curled an unbelievable 20-yard effort past the helpless Kepa Arrizabalaga.

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Aguero’s low centre of gravity saw him glide past Premier League defenders with ease, and that ability was there for all to see as he tore Watford’s defence apart in 2017.

Picking the ball up on the right-hand side, Aguero managed to wriggle his way past four Hornets players before sliding the ball under Heurelho Gomes.

Sergio Aguero's goal against Liverpool in 2013 looked nigh-on impossible before he struck the ballSergio Aguero's goal against Liverpool in 2013 looked nigh-on impossible before he struck the ball

Sergio Aguero’s goal against Liverpool in 2013 looked nigh-on impossible before he struck the ball / PAUL ELLIS/Getty Images

Aguero’s strike against Liverpool in 2013 gets the nod at number four purely for the audacity of the strike.

With Reds goalkeeper Pepe Reina rushing out, Aguero beat him to the ball but found himself running towards the corner flag with his back to goal. Not to be denied, he swivelled and somehow managed to hook the ball back towards goal and over the retreating Liverpool back line.

The goal was a combination of skill, agility and genius, and it summed Aguero up as a player.

Sergio Aguero bamboozled the United defence with a fine solo goal at Old TraffordSergio Aguero bamboozled the United defence with a fine solo goal at Old Trafford

Sergio Aguero bamboozled the United defence with a fine solo goal at Old Trafford / Alex Livesey/Getty Images

We promise this is the last one for any United fans who are for some reason reading an article about City’s greatest ever goalscorer.

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Undoubtedly his finest Manchester derby goal, Aguero weaved his way through United’s rather timid backline, leaving a host of defenders in his wake before showing the balance to stay on his feet and unleash a venomous drive past De Gea.

Sergio Aguero and David Silva celebrate the City hitman's unbelievable strike at Carrow RoadSergio Aguero and David Silva celebrate the City hitman's unbelievable strike at Carrow Road

Sergio Aguero and David Silva celebrate the City hitman’s unbelievable strike at Carrow Road / Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Maybe not a goal that instantly springs to mind when you think of great Aguero goals, but honestly it’s brilliant.

The Argentine linked up with countryman Carlos Tevez, with the pair playing an instinctive one-two before Aguero fired a pinpoint drive past John Ruddy and into the top corner.

Everything about the goal just oozed class, from the creativity in the buildup to the execution of the finish.

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Well, it wasn’t exactly a brilliant goal from a technical perspective, but was Aguero’s best goal for City really going to be anything else?

Given the circumstances, given the pressure, and given what was at stake, it said all you needed to know about the quality of Aguero for him to keep his head when all those around him were losing theirs.

City’s Premier League title hopes hung by a thread before Aguero collected Mario Balotelli’s pass, skipped by the challenge of Nedum Onuoha and smashed the ball into the bottom corner past a forlorn Paddy Kenny.

Cue pandemonium for one of the greatest moments in football history and, obviously, Aguero’s greatest City goal.

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