Last week, Sergio Aguero signed a 1-year contract extension at Manchester City which will keep him at the club until 2021! With that in mind, I decided to look back on Aguero’s top 5 moments in a City shirt.
5. 50th Goal For City/ Volley Against United
In 2013, Aguero already looked to be a great signing for Manchester City amassing 47 goals in all competitions in only 2 years at the club. In the first Manchester Derby of the campaign, Manchester City were looking for 3 points against their rivals to hopefully propel a title winning season after narrowly missing it last year.
City did just that as they thrashed United 4-1 but the real storyline came in the 16th minute. With Samir Nasri blitzing down the pitch, Aguero made a run into the box. Nasri made a wonderful skill move, laid it off to Aleksandar Kolarov who puts in a cross. The ball was behind him and it looked to be another missed chance for City but Aguero put his foot behind him and somehow nudges the ball in. This gave City a 1-0 lead and also gave Sergio Aguero his 50th goal for Manchester City.
I was tempted to put his goal against Manchester United in April 2013 but because this was his 50th goal, I decided to put it in instead.
4. Hat-Trick vs. Bayern Munich
A loss against Bayern Munich would end Manchester City’s hopes of progressing to the round of 16 as they were 4th in Group E at this stage.
As the clock hit 20 minutes, Sergio Aguero was taken down in the box by Mehdi Benatia. Aguero then stepped up and buried a penalty to make the game 1-0 in favor of City. Then unfortunately 5 minutes before half, Alonso put a wonderful free kick past a flat-footed Joe Hart. Another defensive blunder would cost City right before half as Robert Lewandowski put the ball past Joe Hart, who was off his line, off a cross from Jerome Boateng.
With 5 minutes left until full time it looked as if City’s hopes of reaching the round of 16 were all but over. Alonso, who had been immaculate, saw his pass intercepted by Aguero, who raced clear to beat Manuel Neuer to make it 2-2. And then, with City and their fans suddenly sensing a victory, Boateng’s poor defending let in the lethal Aguero, who finished with great composure to keep City right in frame for qualification.
Scoring 2 goals in 5 minutes is a huge accomplishment for anyone but doing it in a champions league match is huge. Not only that but this was Sergio Aguero’s first champions league hat trick and certainly showed city fans what to expect in this competition!
3. Debut vs. Swansea
What a debut this was! With City leading 1-0 with 30 minutes remaining, Roberto Mancini opted to bring in Manchester City’s recent £35 million acquisition. In only 9 minutes, the Argentine sprinted into the box and got on the end of a Micah Richards cross to score the first Manchester City goal of his career.
It wouldn’t stop there as he then showed his ability in other aspects of the game only 3 minutes later. His athleticism and vision allowed him to dribble past Michel Vorm and hook the ball back in for Silva to put in. The game was over by that point but Aguero didn’t stop as he crowned his debut with a rocket from 25 yards to make it 4-0.
In my opinion, it’s the second best debut in the EPL ever. The Aguero transfer raised some eyebrows when it was announced but after a debut like that, his critics were silenced and he looks like a bargain now!
2. 178th Goal
When Manchester City dropped £35 million on an “inexperienced” striker, many journalists and fans were critical and believed a flop was imminent. It was evident Aguero wouldn’t flop after his debut season but not many people envisioned he would become Manchester city’s best striker ever.
Facing Napoli in the Champions League, Aguero raced behind Sane who was blitzing down the pitch. Sane was stopped by Napoli’s Elseid Hysaj but luckily the ball fell right into Aguero’s path. Aguero then took the ball and dribbled into the 18 yard box. Pepe Reina came out to the top of the 6 yard box as Aguero lined up his shot. Aguero then put the ball beautifully past Reina in a curled effort into the bottom right corner.
That goal allowed him to edge ahead of Eric Brook who scored 177 goals in 494 starts. In only 264 appearances (225 starts), Aguero scored 178 goals. It was a momentous day for Sergio Aguero and Manchester City and hopefully Aguero will stay long enough to put that record out of reach!
1. QPR Winner
It had to be this! No other Aguero moment comes close to this and frankly no other Manchester City or Premier League moment is better.
Having trailed leaders Manchester United by eight points with six games to go, Aguero and City battled back with a terrific derby win which was part of five consecutive wins that saw them ahead of United on goal difference going into the last day of the season. A home game against strugglers QPR looked to be the perfect opportunity for the Blues to finish the job and claim a league title for the first time in 44 years.
Unfortunately, in traditional Manchester City fashion, the match wasn’t as easy as it should’ve been. It started off well enough with Pablo Zabaleta scoring to make it 1-0 at the break to City. Then an outlandish set of events happened. Even though Djibril Cisse leveled it for QPR, former City player Joey Barton was given a red card and as he was going off, he kicked Aguero. With the score level but QPR with only 10 men, City looked in control.
Then, with 25 minutes left, Jamie Mackie gave 10-man QPR the lead and it looked to City fans like they would finish behind United once again. Manchester United had won their match so a win by City would be needed if they wanted to win the title. As the time hit 91 minutes, David Silva whipped in a wonderful ball from the corner to Edin Dzeko who headed the ball past Paddy Kenny. That score made it 2-2 but City knew that wasn’t enough.
Instead of explaining what happened, you can find the video of the final 5 minutes above. It’s the greatest moment in Premier League History and certainly leaves City fans with goosebumps!