Wednesday, May 25

Sergio Aguero’s greatest career moments – ranked

Sergio Aguero announced his retirement from football in Wednesday, having been diagnosed with a heart condition following a blockbuster move to Barcelona.

While he sadly never had the opportunity to fully strut his stuff at Barca, the Argentine forward did in Manchester and is undoubtedly one of the greatest foreign players to have ever graced the Premier League, and his career prior to joining City wasn’t exactly average either.

While you already have plenty of Aguero career material to read, we’re sure, do you have a definitive top ten of his best career moments? Well, possibly, but we guarantee that 90min’s hits the sweetest of spots.

Enjoy…

Sergio Aguero's Atletico Madrid side triumphed over Inter in the 2010 Super CupSergio Aguero's Atletico Madrid side triumphed over Inter in the 2010 Super Cup

Sergio Aguero’s Atletico Madrid side triumphed over Inter in the 2010 Super Cup / Massimo Cebrelli/Getty Images

Atletico Madrid’s uncanny knack for unearthing world class strikers is no secret, and Aguero is arguably the greatest success story of them all.

Atleti snapped up the frontman from Argentinian outfit Independiente in 2006, and one of his greatest achievements at the club was their Super Cup triumph in 2010.

Quique Sanchez Flores’ side headed into the game as underdogs against Champions League winners Inter, but goals from Jose Antonio Reyes and Aguero (obviously) handed them their first ever Super Cup.

Think back to what you were doing with your life at 15. Now compare that to Aguero making his debut in the Argentine first division at the same age. Ahhh, there’s that sinking feeling again.

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The forward became the youngest ever player to appear in the country’s top flight when he made his debut for Independiente in 2003 – a record which still stands to this day.

A year later he went on to break another record as he became the youngest player ever to play in the Copa Libertadores.

Sergio Aguero made his Argentina debut back in 2006Sergio Aguero made his Argentina debut back in 2006

Sergio Aguero made his Argentina debut back in 2006 / Ben Radford/Getty Images

Aguero may only have runner-up medals to show for his time with the Argentina senior side, but his debut was still a landmark moment in his career.

The City forward was handed his first cap at just 18 years of age against fierce rivals Brazil in 2006, and he went on to open his international account a year later in a 2010 World Cup qualifier against Bolivia.

His international career so far has gleaned 97 caps, and with 41 goals to his name he looks well set to overtake Gabriel Batistuta (44) in second place in Argentina’s list of all-time leading goalscorers.

We all know who’s top of the list and there’s no point even trying to match him.

Sergio Aguero won the Golden Boy award in 2007Sergio Aguero won the Golden Boy award in 2007

Sergio Aguero won the Golden Boy award in 2007 / FABRICE COFFRINI/Getty Images

It may not seem like a huge achievement to be crowned FIFA’s Golden Boy, but when you consider some of the names on the list of winners you get a sense of just how impressive an award it is to receive.

Since its inception in 2004, only four players had been crowned Golden Boy winners prior to Aguero’s 2007 triumph, yet the roll of honour already included the likes of Wayne Rooney and Lionel Messi.

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Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland have all gone on to lift the trophy since, but the less said about 2008’s winner the better (go and look it up).

Sergio Aguero holds the Premier League Golden Boot award for 2014/15Sergio Aguero holds the Premier League Golden Boot award for 2014/15

Sergio Aguero holds the Premier League Golden Boot award for 2014/15 / PAUL ELLIS/Getty Images

Argue all you like about the stellar teammates he’s played alongside, Aguero’s goalscoring record in the Premier League is sensational.

In his nine full seasons in England he’s hit 20 league goals or more in six campaigns, and in 2014/15 his 26 goals in 33 games was enough to secure the golden boot.

The most surprising part about all this is he hasn’t got more.

Sergio Aguero and Lionel Messi show off their gold medalsSergio Aguero and Lionel Messi show off their gold medals

Sergio Aguero and Lionel Messi show off their gold medals / Koji Watanabe/Getty Images

Aguero’s senior international career has been littered with nearly moments, with two Copa America final defeats and a World Cup final defeat to boot.

However, his brief career with the youth sides did yield silverware, and at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing Argentina’s Under-23 side triumphed.

An Angel Di Maria goal in the final against Nigeria was enough to secure gold for Aguero and his teammates. Who would’ve guessed that such a talented group of players would suffer so much heartbreak at senior level?

Sergio Aguero holds the Europa League trophy aloftSergio Aguero holds the Europa League trophy aloft

Sergio Aguero holds the Europa League trophy aloft / Angel Martinez/Getty Images

It may not seem like a huge achievement for a man with so many Premier League winner’s medals on his mantlepiece (probably), but Atletico’s 2010 Europa League win was a landmark moment in his history.

After years of mid-table mediocrity and even a spell in the second tier, Atleti were finally on the up and their 2010 European triumph proved they were a force to be reckoned with again.

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Aguero bagged himself six goals in the club’s successful Europa League campaign, and Atletico have gone from strength to strength ever since.

Sergio Aguero celebrates his fourth Premier League title with Manchester City teammate Nicolas OtamendiSergio Aguero celebrates his fourth Premier League title with Manchester City teammate Nicolas Otamendi

Sergio Aguero celebrates his fourth Premier League title with Manchester City teammate Nicolas Otamendi / Michael Regan/Getty Images

To win one Premier League title is a pretty impressive achievement, but FOUR.

Only four players born outside of the British Isles have won more than the Argentinian, and the most recent triumph may well be the sweetest of the lot.

City fought off a courageous Liverpool side and won all of their final 14 league games to pip the Reds to the title. Obviously Aguero was at the forefront of the title win, scoring 21 in 33 league outings.

While Aguero’s time at City will forever be remembered as a glittering period in the club’s history, he’ll of course be constantly mentioned in the same breath as his fellow statue buddies Vincent Kompany and David Silva, so it’s nice to know he’s got his own individual record to lean on.

The hitman is City’s all-time leading goalscorer, having surpassed Eric Brook’s 78-year-old record of 177 goals back in November 2017.

Since then it’s fair to say he’s raised the bar a little, with his tally for the club standing at an eye-watering 260.

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How could it not be?

While securing his fourth Premier League crown at City will always be sweet, that first one will forever be the greatest for so many different reasons.

Their first top-tier title for 44 years, stealing it from their local rivals, Aguero’s last-minute goal, Martin Tyler’s commentary, Phil Jones’ face, Kolo Toure standing like he was waiting for his kettle to boil, the list goes on and on.

We can’t even do it justice, no one will ever be able to do it justice. It just is the best ever moment in Aguero’s career and the best ever moment in Premier League history.

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