Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero was 23 when he joined the blues for £38m in July 2011, and has gone on to score 199 goals for the blues in those seven years. So today, on his 30th birthday, we look back at some of the moments that have defined his Manchester City career.
The Good - Goals
August 2011 - City 4-0 Swansea - Scored Two, Made One
Aguero made his debut from the substitute’s bench in City’s first game of the season at home to Swansea. After Edin Dzeko gave the blues the lead in the second half, Aguero took over. He scored his first with a far post tap-in, nine minutes after coming on, before chipping the ball over the keeper, and flicking the ball over his head into the path of David Silva to convert.
Aguero then sealed his dream debut with a 30 yard strike, which left commentators asking if this was the best Premier League debut ever.
May 2012 – City 3-2 QPR – Agueroooooooo
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Enter Aguero, who took a pass from Mario Balotelli and thumped the ball past Paddy Kenny in the QPR goal to spark wild celebrations on the bench and in the stands, even some in the QPR end joined in. It was a spectacular end to the season and saw City crowned league champions for the first time since 1968.
April 2013 – United 1-2 City – Aguero Solo And Phil Jones’ Beaker Face
City were failing miserably to retain their league title and the win against United was more for pride than the hope of making up the points difference. The game was finely poised at 1-1 when Aguero took on the United defence and hammered the ball into the top corner of the goal to give City the win.
But the goal will forever be remembered, particularly on social media for United defender Phil Jones’ face, which was likened by many to Beaker from the Muppets, and gave the blues something to smile about in a dismal season that also saw City lose the FA Cup Final to Wigan.
November 2014 – City 3-2 Bayern Munich – Aguero Does An Aguero
Aguero had given City the lead in the first half of their Champions League group match at home to Bayern Munich, but two goals from Bayern put the German giants in control. With the match nearing the end and City looking defeated, Aguero pounced on a mistake from the Bayern defence and ran through to score City’s equaliser.
But the Argentine wasn’t finished. In the last minute, at the same end as he scored against QPR, Aguero did it again, sliding a shot past the keeper and into he net to give the blues a 3-2 victory of the Germans.
October 2015 – City 6-1 Newcastle – 23 Minutes, 5 Goals
Aguero became the fifth Premier League striker to score five goals in one match when he ran riot against Newcastle. The blues had fallen behind but went in level at the break.
It was then the Sergio show as he scored five goals in just twenty three minutes, making it the five goal haul since the Premier League began in 1992. That season, Aguero scored 24 goals form just thirty appearances, making it the best goals to minutes ratio in the Premier League.
The Bad - Controversies
Like most footballers, Aguero isn’t exempt from the odd controversy, here are some of them.
September 2012 – Real Madrid Calling?
Aguero upset many City fans in 2012 after a Champions League match at Real Madrid. The striker said he would have joined Real if they had made an offer for him but was ‘left with no option but to join City.’ The words angered some of the faithful, but were quickly forgotten as the striker got back to goal scoring ways soon after.
April 2013 – Two Footed Intent?
FA Cup semi-final day saw the blues progress to the final, but it wasn’t without controversy surrounding their star striker. With eight minutes remaining, Aguero lunged in on David Luiz with both feet, an offence that should merit an immediate red card.
Aguero escaped FA punishment as the referee said he had acted on the incident, but many felt they had been soft on the striker and failed to act. Aguero later apologised to Luiz.
August 2016 – Aguero Banned For Violent Conduct
In a home match against West Ham, Aguero struck Hammers player Winston Reid in the throat. The incident went unpunished by the referee, and Reid lost his voice as a result of the challenge and was substituted. The FA later banned the striker for behaving in an “aggressive manner that was excessive in force and brutal.”
August 2017 – Aguero Accused Of Assault
When Raheem Sterling scored a last minute winner at Bournemouth, some fans spilled onto the pitch. One in particular was held by a steward and Aguero tried to have him released. The resulting altercation ended with Aguero being accused of assault by the steward, a claim that was later rescinded.
September 2017 – Aguero Hurt In Car Crash
Aguero once again angered a section of supporters when he was injured in a car crash in Amsterdam after going to a concert. With the blues facing Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, some blues were furious as to why the striker was in Amsterdam in the first place.
February 2018 – Aguero ‘Battles’ With Wigan Fan
Once again, Wigan knocked the blues out of the FA Cup, and at the final whistle, hundreds of Latics supporters invaded the pitch in celebration. Video footage then emerged of Aguero having an altercation with a fan, with the striker seemingly attempting to get to the fan. The video sparked demands for Aguero to be banned for assaulting a supporter, with some even likening the incident to Eric Cantona’s Kung-Fu kick on a supporter in the stands, not on the pitch.
It later transpired that Aguero was in fact the victim of an assault by the fan. Some supporters ran past the striker and patted him on the head and there was no reaction. Aguero even allowed some fans to take selfies with him, still no reaction. Then the ‘victim’ is seen approaching Aguero in a threatening manner, an altercation takes place and Aguero is enraged. The FA decide to take no action, sparking more anger, claiming bias for the City striker.
August 2015 – Aguero Stops Play
City’s visit to Everton ended in a 2-0 win, but Aguero stopped the play as he noticed a home supporter in need of medical attention. The striker alerted the referee and helped ensure the supporter received attention before play continued.
September 2017 - Top Non-European Premier League Goal Scorer
When Aguero scored the opener at home to Liverpool, he overtook Dwight Yorke as the Premier League’s top, non-European goal scorer with 124 goals. It now stands at 143.
November 2017 – All Time City Goal Scorer
Aguero’s goal against Burnley in a 3-0 win put him level with Eric Brooks’ all-time record, but it took a while for him to break it. The goal finally arrived away to Napoli in the Champions League as the blues secured a 4-2 win. Aguero has now scored 199 goals in total for the blues.
Happy Birthday Sergio