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Manchester City Transfer News: Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko Plan Exit, Kevin De Bruyne £60 Million Bid and More

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Raheem Sterling already managed to ingratiate himself with Manchester City supporters—scoring in his debut at the International Champions Cup—but a pair of strikers are prepared to part ways. One, of course, sooner rather than later.
The first striker seemingly on his way out of the Etihad is Edin Dzeko. The Bosnian striker was left off the club's preseason tour in Australia. On Wednesday, manager Manuel Pellegrini made it abundantly clear as to why.Below is all the latest transfer gossip surrounding the Citizens.

Edin Dzeko

"Edin didn't play the last game, as it's not clear if he will continue with us," Pellegrino said (via Mirror). "But he is still working here with the whole squad."
According to reports, AS Roma have expressed interest in Dzeko, offering a £12.5 million bid, well short of City's £17.5 million valuation.

Sergio Aguero

Sergio Aguero will join Dzeko through the exit door, but fortunately for Manchester City, it won't be until 2018. According to Aguero's father (via ESPN FC), the 27-year-old plans to return to Argentina to play for his boyhood club, Independiente.
"He wants to come back," Leonel del Castillo said. "After Russia, he'll be returning with lots of energy."
Aguero made his pro debut with Independiente at the age of 15 before joining Atletico Madrid in 2006 for €23 million.

Kevin De Bruyne

If £49 million for Raheem Sterling was astronomical, how will £60 million for Kevin De Bruyne be received?
According to The Guardian, City have submitted a bid in that neighborhood for De Bruyne. VfL Wolfsburg are reluctant to sell, expecting £65 or £70 million for the Belgium international.

Louis van Gaal: Man Utd boss plans to leave in 2017 for his wife

Louis van Gaal says he may leave Manchester United at the end of his three-year contract to keep a "promise" to his wife.
Asked about extending his contract at Old Trafford, the Dutchman told BBC Sport that he intended to "give it up" at the end of his contract in 2017.
"I promised that to my wife. We have not many years together any more. That is the reason," said the 63-year-old.
"I have done everything in my career as a manager."
Asked about the possibility of extending his stay, Van Gaal said he could not answer because his wife, Truus, "is very mad".
"I have to admit I have said to her, when I met her and our relationship seemed to be very good, that at 55 years I shall quit. I am still working and next week I am 64.
"The only wish was the Premier League. Now I am here.
"So. I have to go to Qatar to earn still more money? I don't think so. You have to enjoy also your life and your relationship with your wife."

Van Gaal on Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo scored 118 goals in six seasons for Manchester United
Van Gaal says Cristiano Ronaldo is the type of player Manchester United need to compete with their rivals.
While the Dutchman would not be drawn on whether he thinks the Real Madrid star, 30, might return to United, he knows the Portuguese is regarded by United fans as the holy grail signing.
"I can imagine that. He is a fantastic player, I like him," he said.
When asked if he needed that kind of player to complete his squad, he said: "Of course."

Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United

He added: "I can give examples of champions: Bayern Munich, Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben; Chelsea, Eden Hazard and Willian; Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale; Barca, Neymar and Lionel Messi.
"Manchester United fans want us to compete with these teams."
Winger Angel Di Maria has been linked with a move to Paris St-Germain and did not join up with United for the start of their pre-season tour of the United States.
Van Gaal added: "We still need more speed in front and also more creativity. That is why I hope Di Maria shall stay. But we don't know that.
"Ashley Young and Juan Mata had fantastic seasons, with assists and goals but to win the Champions League you need speed also. That is why I think, maybe, we still have to buy a player with speed and creativity."
Ronaldo is just 10 behind Spanish striker Raul's record of 323 goals in 741 for the Bernabeu side.

Van Gaal on Rooney

Wayne Rooney and Sergio Aguero
Sergio Aguero was the Premier League's top scorer last season with 26 goals - five more than Tottenham's Harry Kane and 14 more than Rooney
Wayne Rooney was Manchester United's top scorer last season with 14 goals, but Van Gaal says that the 29-year-old must improve on that tally if he plays, as planned, as a single striker.
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero scored 32 goals in 42 appearances for Manchester City last season.
"He has to score the amount of goals that Aguero gets," said Van Gaal. "He is our striker. He has to prove he can do it but I have full confidence that he shall.
"Rooney has said that he scores at the minimum 25 goals. So when I have a striker that scores 25, then I am better off."
Rooney last scored more than 25 goals for his club in 2011-12 when he found the net 35 times for United.

Van Gaal on Ferguson

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been present on the US tour for the first time since his departure, but Van Gaal says that has not put added pressure on him.
"I want to talk with him. I talk with him very much times," said Van Gaal. "We eat together. He is sitting in the board, so he has to judge on me. I know that. But there is nobody in this world who can push me more than myself."

Van Gaal on further signings

Manchester United have signed defender Matteo Darmian, midfielders Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin, forward Memphis Depay and goalkeeper Sergio Romero this summer, as well as selling Nani and Robin van Persie.
But Van Gaal says the squad is still "not my Manchester United".
"We at Manchester United buy only players who can contribute to our level," said the Dutchman.
"You can write every player that you want, every name that you can say, but we cannot say that. It is also difficult to select the players because you need the players, the club and the money, so it is not as easy as you think.

Manchester City Superstar Sergio Agüero Could Miss Start Of The Season – Pellegrini

The Argentina striker reached the finals of the Copa América tournament in Chile due to which – along with compatriots Pablo Zabaleta and Martín Demichelis, as well as  Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho – it is likely that he will miss the start of the Manchester City season
Manchester City vs Southampton
Manchester City could be without key players Sergio Agüero, Pablo Zabaleta, Fernandinho as well as Martín Demichelis for the start of the 2015-2016 Barclays Premier League season after manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed that the players who took part in the Copa América would be eased in, in order to prepare them for the long season.

Agüero could miss the start of the season, possibly including Chelsea FC clash

The Argentinian international will once again have a key role to play if Manchester City are to have any success in the coming season, and manager Manuel Pellegrini has recognised the need to ease the 27-year-old in rather than rushing his return.
Pellegrini was quoted by England’s Mail Online as saying: “I think in football it’s so important to work hard but also resting has the same importance. You have so many games throughout the year that if you don’t give them 30 days after they’ve finished their internationals, it’s very difficult for them to work hard.
“It’s more difficult for the South American players because Pablo Zabaleta, Martín Demichelis, Sergio Agüero and Fernandinho finished later, the first days of July, so they won’t have 30 days. I think when we return to Manchester they will start their pre-season. Maybe they will not be involved in the first game but I am sure they will work hard and will be involved as soon as they can.”

Sterling addition could allow Agüero prolonged rest

The addition of £49 million man Raheem Sterling could potentially allow Manchester City to rest the Argentinian striker for the start of the season. Pellegrini has used Sterling up front in City’s pre-season games against AS Roma and Real Madrid, and the Englishman has already shown a great deal of promise playing in that role.
Although there is little chance that Agüero will miss the Chelsea game – taking place on the second weekend of the Premier League season – Pellegrini could use Sterling up front in the club’s opener against West Bromwich Albion to allow the former Atlético Madrid striker enough time to rest and prepare himself for the clash against Mourinho’s men.
With new signing Fabian Delph suffering an injury against Real Madrid in Friday’s friendly at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Pellegrini will be hoping Fernandinho can get back up to speed as soon as possible, with Manchester City having lost the likes of James Milner and Frank Lampard who could have filled in in central midfield.
Given City have the reliable Bacary Sagna as a right-back otpion,  as well as the likes of Vincent Kompany, Eliaquim Mangala and Jason Denayer for the centre-back position, the return of Zabaleta and Demichelis will not be as much of a worry to Pellegrini.
Manchester City will conclude their pre-season preparations with friendlies against a Vietnam XI followed by Bundesliga side Stuttgart before taking on West Brom in their Premier League opener on the 10th of August.

Manchester City could be without Sergio Aguero for start of season

Sergio Aguero is set to miss the start of the Premier League season, with Manchester City likely to be without four of their South American stars.
Martin Demichelis, Pablo Zabaleta, Aguero and Fernandinho have not been on City's preseason tour to Australia, having been given time off after the Copa America.
Manager Manuel Pellegrini has admitted they are unlikely to feature when City kick off their league campaign away to West Bromwich Albion on Aug. 10.
The Chilean believes it is vital his players have enough of a summer break, even though he may have few options for the start of the season.
New signing Fabian Delph could also be a doubt for the Albion game afterinjuring his hamstring in City's 4-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup in Melbourne.
"I think in football it's so important to work hard, but also resting has the same importance," Pellegrini told reporters.
"You have so many games throughout the year that if you don't give them 30 days after they've finished their internationals, it's very difficult for them to work hard.
"It's more difficult for the South American players because Pablo Zabaleta, Martin Demichelis, Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho finished later, the first days of July, so they won't have 30 days.
"I think when we return to Manchester they will start their preseason. Maybe they will not be involved in the first game, but I am sure they will work hard and will be involved as soon as they can."
Aguero was the Premier League's 26-goal top scorer last season but he, Demichelis and Zabaleta played in Argentina's Copa America final defeat to Chile on July 4 while Fernandinho was in the Brazil team eliminated in the quarterfinals.
Bacary Sagna is likely to be handed the right-back role in Zabaleta's absence, while captain Vincent Kompany and Eliaquim Mangala could be paired in the centre of defence.
But City could be short of specialist strikers without Aguero, as Roma target Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic, wanted by Inter Milan, could leave, while the injured Wilfried Bony did not travel to Australia.
City's £49 million winger Raheem Sterling started as a striker against Barcelona and may be asked to fill that role again.

Sergio Aguero

This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Agüero and the second or maternal family name is Del Castillo.
Sergio Agüero
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Agüero with Manchester City in 2014
Personal information
Full nameSergio Leonel Agüero Del Castillo[1]
Date of birth2 June 1988 (age 27)[1]
Place of birthBuenos Aires, Argentina[2]
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[3][4]
Playing positionStriker
Club information
Current team
Manchester City
Youth career
Senior career*
2006–2011Atlético Madrid175(74)
2011–Manchester City120(78)
National team
2004Argentina U175(3)
2005–2007Argentina U207(6)
2008Argentina Olympic5(2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:25, 24 May 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 July 2015
Sergio Leonel Agüero Del Castillo (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈserxjo aˈɣweɾo]; born 2 June 1988), nicknamed "Kun Agüero",[5] is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a striker for English club Manchester City and the Argentina national team. On 5 July 2003, he became the youngest player to debut in the Argentine Primera División at 15 years and 35 days, breaking the record previously established by Diego Maradona in 1976.[6]
In 2006, Agüero moved to Europe to play for La Liga side Atlético Madrid for a fee of €23 million from Independiente. He made a name for himself, attracting attention from Europe's top clubs by scoring 101 goals in 234 appearances while winning the UEFA Europa League and the UEFA Super Cup in 2010. Agüero moved to Premier League club Manchester City in July 2011 for an undisclosed fee thought to be in the region of £35 million.[7][8] On the last day of his debut season with the club, Agüero scored a 94th-minute winner against Queen's Park Rangers that earned City its first league title in 44 years.[9] In 2012, he won the club's player of the year as voted for by the fans, and three years later he earned the Premier League Golden Boot for 26 goals in 31 games. As of the end of the 2013–14 season, Agüero has the highest goals per minute ratio in the history of the Premier League averaging a goal every 115 minutes.[10]
At international level, Agüero represented the Argentina under-20 team at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2005 and in 2007, winning both tournaments.[11] Agüero played at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, scoring two goals in the 3–0 semi-final win againstBrazil as Argentina went on to win the gold medal.[12] Agüero was selected to represent Argentina in the 2010 FIFA World Cup,2014 FIFA World Cup, the 2011 Copa América and the 2015 Copa América.


  • 1 Club career
    • 1.1 Independiente
    • 1.2 Atlético Madrid
      • 1.2.1 2006–07 season
      • 1.2.2 2007–08 season
      • 1.2.3 2008–09 season
      • 1.2.4 2009–10 season
      • 1.2.5 2010–11 season
    • 1.3 Manchester City
      • 1.3.1 2011–12 season
        • Final game of the season
      • 1.3.2 2012–13 season
      • 1.3.3 2013–14 season
      • 1.3.4 2014–15 season
  • 2 International career
    • 2.1 Youth teams
    • 2.2 Senior team
  • 3 Style of play
  • 4 Personal life
  • 5 Career statistics
    • 5.1 Club
    • 5.2 International
  • 6 Honours
    • 6.1 Club
    • 6.2 International
    • 6.3 Individual
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links

Club career[edit]


Sergio Agüero joined the youth system of Independiente at the age of nine. He started playing for the side, becoming the youngest player to debut in the division at 15 years and 35 days (on 5 July 2003 against Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro), when Independiente's coach, Oscar Ruggeri sent Agüero onto the field as a substitute for Emanuel Rivasin the 69th minute of the match.[11][13] His performance was well received by the press,[14][15][16] Despite his early debut, Agüero was not selected again by Ruggeri, and his replacement Osvaldo Sosa, for the remainder of 2002–03 season, having only made just one appearance in the Torneo Clausura. Following the arrival of coach Jose Omar Pastoriza, seven months after Agüero's first match he returned to the club's first-team in 4–2 win against Peru's Cienciano during the group stages of the 2004 Copa Libertadores. This meant that Agüero also became the youngest player to participate in the Copa Libertadores, a record that he held for three years.[17] One month later, Agüero again featured in a Copa Libertadores fixture against Ecuador's El Nacional. On 19 June, for the first time, Agüero played a full 90-minute match for Independiente againstAtlético de Rafaela during the Torneo Clausura.[18] He scored his first goal for Independiente in a 2–2 draw against Estudiantes on 26 November, with a 22nd minute shot from outside the penalty area.[19][20] Agüero became a regular in the club's first-team, being selected for the Argentina U-20 squad for the 2005 FIFA U-20 World Cup, which Argentina won.
During the 2005–06 season, Agüero scored 18 goals in 36 league appearances, having missed two games due to suspension. In a 4–0 win against Racing on 11 September, Agüero dribbled from inside of his own half and scored Independiente's fourth goal with a left footed shot.[20][21] His first red card came in the Torneo Apertura, after slapping an opponent in a match against Tiro Federal.[22] His outstanding performances during the Torneo Apertura attracted interest from a number of big name European clubs, and after months of speculation, Agüero announced on TV in April that he intended to leave the club at the end of the season. Before the end of the season, there had already been speculation of a possible transfer to Atlético Madrid.[20] With his performances being lauded by the press, there was talk of a possible call up for Agüero for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.[23][24][25] In a 2–0 away victory against Olimpo de Bahia Blanca in round 17 of the Torneo Clausura, Agüero received his fifth yellow card of the season. This prevented him from playing his last game for Independiente in a fixture against Boca Juniors in Avellaneda one week later. The yellow card brought tears to the eyes of Agüero, as television cameras recorded.[26] Agüero, who scored Independiente's second goal of the match later said "I think that it was my last goal for Independiente". He played his last game for Independiente, two weeks later, in a 2–0 away defeat to Rosario Central.[27] On 30 May, Agüero officially transferred to Atlético Madrid for 20 million, marking a record for theBank of Spain.[28]

Atlético Madrid[edit]

Agüero playing for Atlético Madrid in October 2007.

2006–07 season[edit]

In May 2006, Agüero joined Spanish club Atlético Madrid for a fee reported to be around 23 million, breaking the club's previous transfer record.[29][30]He caused controversy early in his Atlético career by using his hands to score the winning goal against Recreativo de Huelva on 14 October 2006, only his second goal for the club, with the first coming in a 4–1 away win against Athletic Bilbao on 17 September.[31] He ended his first season in Madrid with 7 goals in all competitions, eased into European football by manager Javier Aguirre, who opted to bring him in and out of the line-up as Atlético finished seventh – enough to qualify for the UEFA Intertoto Cup.

2007–08 season[edit]

Following the departure of strike partner Fernando Torres to Liverpool in the summer of 2007, Agüero secured his starting spot for the Rojiblancos and soon became arguably the team's most important player at the age of just 19. In the 2007–08 season, he finished third highest scorer in La Liga, behindDaniel Güiza and Luís Fabiano, with 19 goals, and was runner up in the Trofeo Alfredo Di Stéfano award.[32] Agüero won many plaudits for his man of the match display against FC Barcelona in March 2008, scoring twice, assisting a goal, and winning a penalty for Atlético in a 4–2 win.[33][34] He also scored important goals against the likes of Real MadridValencia CFSevilla FC, and Villarreal CF to help Atlético finish fourth and qualify for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in over ten years.[35]
Agüero with Atlético Madrid.

2008–09 season[edit]

Agüero was once again a regular goalscorer for Atlético in the 2008–09 season, continuing to establish a lethal partnership with Uruguayan striker Diego Forlán, also a former Independiente player. On 16 September, he scored his first Champions League goals in a 3–0 away win at PSV, helping Atlético eventually reach the last 16 of the competition.[36] In March 2009, the duo of Forlán and Agüero scored a brace each in a 4–3 win over league leaders Barcelona, the latter scoring the winning goal in the final minutes of the match.[37] With the help of more vital goals in a formidable end of the season run-in from his team, Agüero finished in the top ten contenders for the Pichichi Trophy, which was won by his teammate Forlán.[38] Atlético finished fourth in the league, qualifying for the following season's Champions League.

2009–10 season[edit]

Despite not being as prolific in front of goal, Agüero had another good season in 2009–10, and was praised for his influential performances as Atlético enjoyed their most successful season in over a decade.[39] On 3 November 2009, he scored twice against Chelsea during a 2–2 draw in the Champions League at the Vicente Calderón. Atlético were knocked out of the competition, but went on to reach the final of the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League, where Agüero assisted both goals in a 2–1 extra time win against English club Fulham.[40] He also helped Atlético reach the final of the Copa del Rey, although this time they were not victorious, losing to Sevilla in the Camp Nou on 19 May.[41]
On 27 August 2010, Atlético Madrid captured the UEFA Super Cup by beating favorites Internazionale 2–0. Agüero provided the assist for José Antonio Reyes' opening goal and then secured the win by scoring the second.[42] On 4 January 2011, Atlético Madrid confirmed via their official website that Agüero had signed a new contract with the club, keeping him at the Vicente Calderón until 2014.[43] The following day, he was named as the new vice-captain of Atlético, along with strike partner Diego Forlán.[44]

2010–11 season[edit]

Agüero with Atlético Madrid during the 2010–11 season.
The 2010–11 season was arguably Agüero's most successful for Atlético, as he scored 20 league goals for the first time in his career. Between March and May 2011, he went on a run of seven consecutive goalscoring appearances, a feat that no other player in Europe could match during the season.[45] Agüero's final outing for Atlético came on 21 May against RCD Mallorca, a game in which he reached two milestones. In a 4–3 win, he scored his first career hat-trick, the second goal being his 100th for the Colchoneros.[46] Failure to celebrate any of the goals, however, led to speculation that he would be on his way out of the club.
On 23 May 2011, Agüero announced on his official website that he wanted to move from Atlético Madrid and formally asked to be released from his contract.[47][48] Agüero later spoke to ESPN, where he stated that he would "not be returning to Atlético."[49] On the same day that Agüero officially became a Manchester City player, Atlético hosted a 2011–12 Europa League qualifier against Strømsgodset IF, where a group of Atlético fans brandished "Agüero, We Hope You Die" banners in a reaction to the striker's £38 million move to City at the Vicente Calderón on 28 July 2011, after he had previously stated his desire to see out his contract with the club just weeks before requesting a transfer.[50] Upon his departure, Atlético used the €45 million from Agüero's sale to buy Radamel Falcao as his replacement.[51]

Manchester City[edit]

2011–12 season[edit]

On 28 July 2011, Manchester City confirmed that Agüero had signed a five-year contract with the club.[52] The fee was reported to be in the region of £38 million (€45 million).[7][8][53] He was given the number 16 shirt for his first season at City[52] and wears the shirt name Kun Agüero. He was an unused substitute in the Dublin Super Cupmatch against Internazionale and the 2011 FA Community Shield against Manchester United with manager Roberto Mancini believing Agüero was not yet fit.[54] Agüero made his debut for City on 15 August 2011 in a 4–0 Premier League victory over Swansea City. Agüero came on as a substitute in the 59th minute, scoring his first goal for the club within nine minutes after a tap-in from a cross from full back Micah Richards. He then turned provider with an assist after chipping over the oncoming goalkeeper before flicking the ball back into the penalty box and into the path of David Silva to score. Agüero rounded off his debut by scoring again in injury time with a 30-yard strike.[55] His 30-minute debut gained rave reviews among football journalists, with some suggesting it was one of the best in English football.[56][57][58] City continued their strong start, winning 3–2 away atBolton Wanderers with Agüero missing two chances in the penalty box.[59] On 28 August, Agüero scored his third league goal in Manchester City's 5–1 rout of Tottenham Hotspur.[60] On his third start for the club, he scored his first Premier League hat-trick, against Wigan Athletic.[61] On 18 September, he scored twice at Craven Cottage againstFulham, but City were held to a 2–2 draw.[62] Having been substituted after just 28 minutes due to an injury during a 4–0 win against Blackburn Rovers on 1 October, Agüero returned to action in a 2011–12 UEFA Champions League group stage fixture, where he came on for Nigel de Jong on 62 minutes and scored a 93rd minute winner in his side's 2–1 victory against Villarreal CF on 18 October.[63][64] On 23 October, Agüero took part in his first Manchester derby, scoring in the 69th minute as he converted a Micah Richards pass across the face of goal. The match finished 6–1 to City.[65] On 1 November, Agüero was shortlisted for the prestigious FIFA Ballon d'Or. On 19 November, he scored a penalty in a 3–1 win at home to Newcastle United, ending Newcastle's unbeaten start to the season.[66]
Agüero (right) and Samir Nasriparade the Premier League trophy, May 2012.
Agüero made his League Cup debut in the quarter final match against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, scoring the only goal of the game in the 83rd minute from an Adam Johnson through-ball.[67] His next goal came in a 5–1 home win against Norwich City, opening the scoring in the 32nd minute, giving him his 13th goal of the season and maintaining the team's 100% league record at home.[68] On 21 December, he scored a brace as City beat Stoke City 3–0 at home.[69] On 3 January 2012, he opened the scoring in a 3–0 win at home toLiverpool, beating Pepe Reina with a low shot.[70] Agüero scored his 15th goal on 4 February, scoring a penalty against Fulham in a 3–0 win at a snow-covered City of Manchester Stadium. During the first-leg of a Europa League round of 32 match against FC Porto, Agüero entered the field in the 78th minute for Mario Balotelli and scored the match-winning goal, and his first Europa League goal for Manchester City, in the 85th minute.[71] The game ended 2–1, and, in the second-leg, Agüero scored within 19 seconds in a 4–0 win on 22 February. Manchester City advanced to the last 16 of the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League, having won 6–1 on aggregate. On 25 February, Agüero scored his 16th league goal in a 3–0 win against Blackburn Rovers[72][73] During the second-leg of Manchester City'sRound of 16 Europa League fixture against Sporting Clube de Portugal on 15 March, Agüero netted a double to help City claim a 3–2 win, having been trailing 2–0 at half-time, to level the scores at 3–3 on aggregate. Sporting CP won on away goals, as they defeated Manchester City 1–0 in the first-leg on 8 March.[74] One week later, Agüero scored his 17th league goal in 2–1 win against Chelsea on 21 March.[75] On 29 March, Agüero was ruled out for 10 days to two weeks due to a foot problem, which was later diagnosed as a reaction to a substance that blistered his foot.[76][77][78] On 11 April, Agüero scored two goals for himself and also set up another two goals (for David Silva and Carlos Tevez) in a 4–0 home victory against West Bromwich Albion.[79] On 14 April, Agüero scored a double in a 6–1 away win against Norwich City, his two goals meaning that he had surpassed 20 league goals in the Premier League.[80] He scored one goal in the next match, in which Manchester City beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–0.[81] On 4 May, Agüero was named Manchester City Player of The Year. His first goal in the 6–1 away win against Norwich also won him the club's "Goal of the Season" award.[82]
Final game of the season[edit]
"In my career so far it's the most important goal. You score the goal in the last minute to win the title. You're not sure if that's ever going to happen in your career again. I wish I could tell you how I did it but I can't. I thought for all the world that Mario[Balotelli] was going to have a go himself but he just moved it on one more and it fell at my feet and I just thought: 'Hit the target, hit it as hard as you can and hit the target.' And it went in."
Sergio Agüero, on his last-minute goal against Queens Park Rangers in 2012 which won the Premier League for City.[83]
Five straight wins helped City wipe out the eight-point deficit against United, and they went into the final days' fixtures leading on goal difference. Facing relegation-threatened Queens Park Rangers, City needed only to match or better United's result at Sunderland. By the 66th minute, QPR (despite having a player sent off) went ahead 2–1 against City, while United were 1–0 up against Sunderland. In response, manager Roberto Mancini sent on strikers Edin Džeko andMario Balotelli in an attempt to get the two goals City now needed for the title. 5 minutes of injury time begun for City with their and United's match scores still constant. In the 92nd minute, Džeko equalised for City for a glimmer of hope, but United soon finished their own game with a victory. In the 95th minute, Agüero, receiving the ball from Balotelli, drove into the penalty area and placed a powerful low shot into the corner of the goal, clinching the win and the title for Manchester City.[9] Agüero's goal sent the City of Manchester Stadium into a frenzy and he was dragged to the floor jubilantly by his City team-mates. Vincent Kompany recalled that Agüero was crying on the floor,[84] and when asked if he cried during the Manchester City parade the following day, Agüero stated: "Yeah, a little".[85]

2012–13 season[edit]

Agüero started the 2012–13 season in the 2012 FA Community Shield against Chelsea at Villa Park as Manchester City won 3–2.[86] In Manchester City's first league match, Agüero had to be stretchered off in the 13th minute of their home game against Southampton due to a knee injury.[87] Agüero was an unused substitute in City's 3–2 defeat toReal Madrid on 18 September 2012. Following the match, Agüero said he would have joined Real Madrid had they made an offer for him in 2011 but was left with "no option but to join City".[88] Agüero made his return in a 1–1 home draw against Arsenal in the Premier League and went on to score his first goal of the season against Fulham on 29 September in a 2–1 away win in the Premier League.[89][90] He followed this up with another goal the following weekend against Sunderland in a 3–0 home win.[91] His next league goal came in a 2–1 win at home against Tottenham Hotspur on 11 November.[92] He followed this up with another two goals the following weekend against Aston Villa in a 5–0 win at home.[93] Agüero also scored in back-to-back games in the UEFA Champions League, in successive draws at home to Ajax and Real Madrid.[94][95] He scored his next goal on 15 December, where he scored the opening goal, as Manchester City won 3–1 away against Newcastle United.[96] Agüero then scored against Norwich City on 29 December in a 4–3 away win.[97] In his next match on 2 January, after scoring a penalty in the 73rd minute, Agüero damaged his hamstring during a 3–0 victory over Stoke City.[98]
Agüero made his return for Manchester City on 19 January after coming on as an 81st minute substitute in a 2–0 victory against Fulham.[99] On 3 February, Agüero scored the equaliser after beating Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina in a race to the ball out near the right corner flag.[100] On 17 February, Agüero helped Manchester City to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup as he scored twice in a 4–0 win at home to Leeds United.[101] He sustained a knee injury in the 2–0 win over Chelsea on 24 February.[102] This eventually led to him missing the Argentina squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Venezuela and Bolivia.[103] Agüero made his return for Manchester City on 30 March after coming on as a substitute with warm reception in a 4–0 victory against Newcastle.[104] On 8 April, Agüero scored a solo goal to give City the win in the Manchester derby in the 78th minute, 7 minutes after coming on as a substitute for Samir Nasri.[105] Agüero then scored a header to help Manchester City defeat Chelsea on 14 April in the FA Cup semi-final and reach the final.[106] In the 82nd-minute of the tie, Agüero made a two-footed tackle on David Luiz after the defender had previously appeared to tackle him.[107] Despite the incident warranting a red card at the time, the FA announced Agüero would not be punished following confirmation that referee Chris Foy had at least seen part of the incident and acted on it during the match. Many people disagreed with this decision and felt that the FA had failed to act.[108] On 17 April, Agüero revealed that he had apologised to David Luiz for his rash challenge on the defender.[109] Agüero withdrew as a precaution at half-time on 17 April in Manchester City's 1–0 home victory over Wigan after feeling tightness in a hamstring, but he appeared as an unused substitute in City's 3–1 away loss at White Hart Lane against Tottenham on 21 April.[110] He scored his next goal on 27 April, where he scored the opening goal, as Manchester City won 2–1 home against West Ham United.[111] On 11 May, Agüero started for Manchester City in the 2013 FA Cup Final, where the team lost 1–0 to Wigan Athletic. Agüero scored his final goal of the season in a 2–0 away win against Reading on 14 May.[112]
The English media reported that he was the main transfer target of Spanish giants Real Madrid,[113][114] but Agüero responded by saying "I'm very happy at City and I feel appreciated and loved here which means a lot to me".[115] Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano also negated the idea of a transfer, insisting Agüero would stay at the City of Manchester Stadium.[116] However, Argentina legend Diego Maradona backed him to join Real Madrid, believing Agüero's presence in the Madrid team could help get even more out of Cristiano Ronaldo.[117] On 25 May 2013, Agüero signed a one-year extension to his contract, keeping him at Manchester City until 2017.[118][119] Agüero stated his commitment to Manchester City on 28 May 2013, saying "I'm committed to Manchester City, it's a great club."[120]

2013–14 season[edit]

Agüero and Edin Džeko about to kick-off against Cardiff City in August 2013
Following a knee injury that ruled him out of all of the club's pre-season games,[121] Agüero scored in City's 4–0 victory over Newcastle United in the opening game of the 2013–14 Premier League season.[122] On 22 September 2013, he scored a brace in a 4–1 home win against Manchester United.[123]
On 8 November 2013, after scoring five goals in four matches between 5 October and 2 November, Agüero was awarded the Premier League Player of the Month for the first time. During the same period, he had also scored both goals for City in a 2–1 away win againstCSKA Moscow in the Champions League.[124]
On 24 November, after scoring his ninth and tenth goals of the league season in a 6–0 win against Tottenham Hotspur, Agüero overtookThierry Henry as the player with the highest goals-per-minute ratio in Premier League history.[125] He also scored six goals in five matches in the Champions League group stage as Manchester City qualified for the knockout phase for the first time.
On 14 December 2013, Agüero was substituted in a 6–3 win against Arsenal due to a calf injury[126] and missed eight matches.[127] On 16 January 2014, he returned from injury in an FA Cup third-round replay against Blackburn Rovers, scoring after coming on as a substitute in the 5–0 win.[128] In the next round of the competition, he scored his first hat-trick of the season in a 4–2 victory over Watford. On 29 January, he scored his 50th Premier League goal in a 5–1 victory at Tottenham Hotspur[129] but was substituted with a hamstring injury.[130]
On 2 March 2014, Agüero returned to the Manchester City team for the 2014 Football League Cup Final, where the team beat Sunderland 3–1 at Wembley Stadium.[131] In his third appearance since returning from the hamstring problem, Agüero suffered a recurrence of the injury and was withdrawn at half-time in a 2–1 Champions League loss at Camp Nou against Barcelona.[132] He missed the team's next five Premier League matches, before returning to the starting line-up in a 3–2 loss against Liverpool at Anfield on 13 April.[133]
On 21 April 2014, Agüero scored his first goal since January in a 3–1 defeat of West Bromwich Albion at the City of Manchester Stadium.[134] After scoring his final goal of the season in a 3–2 win over Everton at Goodison Park on 3 May, Agüero started for Manchester City against West Ham United as the team secured its second Premier League title in three seasons with a 2–0 win.[135]

2014–15 season[edit]

Agüero playing against CSKA Moscow in October 2014
On 14 August 2014, Agüero signed a five-year contract extension, which will keep him at Manchester City until 2019.[136]
Agüero scored his first goal of 2014–15 while appearing as an 83rd-minute substitute for Edin Džeko in City's opening match of thePremier League season against Newcastle United on 17 August.[137] Due to his late return from the World Cup, Agüero was again used as a substitute in the second game of the season against Liverpool, but, after replacing Džeko, took just 23 seconds to score City's third goal in the 3–1 win.[138]
On 18 October 2014, he scored all four of City's goals in a 4–1 home win over Tottenham Hotspur, two of which were penalties; he took another penalty in the match, but it was saved by Hugo Lloris. This took Agüero to 61 Premier League goals for the club, surpassing Carlos Tevez as the club's record scorer in the competition.[139] He was the first player in the season to reach ten Premier League goals, doing so with the only goal in the Manchester derby on 2 November.[140]
Aguero is every bit as important to them as Luis Suarezwas to Liverpool last year or Gareth Bale to Tottenham Hotspur the year before.
— English football journalist Martin Samuel after City's win over Bayern Munich.[141]
Agüero scored a hat-trick in City's 3–2 win over FC Bayern Munich in theChampions League group stage on 25 November, starting with a penalty which he won himself.[142] Five days later, in his 100th Premier League match, he was wrongly booked for simulation by referee Mike Jones after being fouled by José Fonte in the penalty area, although City went on to defeat Southampton 3–0.[143]
On 2 December, Agüero was named the Football Supporters' Federation Player of the Year for 2014.[144][145] He was also awardedPremier League Player of the Month for November 2014, a month in which he scored three league goals and assisted two more.[146]
Agüero sustained a knee injury in the second minute of Manchester City's 1–0 win over Everton on 6 December[147] and was unable to appear again for the remainder of 2014. He returned to City's matchday squad for the return fixture with Everton at Goodison Park on 10 January 2015[148] and appeared as a 67th minute substitute in the 1–1 draw.[149]On 11 February, Agüero scored his first two goals of 2015 in a 4–1 win at Stoke City.[150] On 21 February, 72 seconds into a match against Newcastle United, Agüero scored the fastest penalty kick in the Premier League since 1994.[151][152]
On 12 April, Agüero scored twice in a 4–2 Manchester derby loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford. His second goal of the match took him to 100 goals for Manchester City in all competitions.[153] On 19 April, he scored his 20th Premier League goal of the season in a 2–0 home win against West Ham United.[154] He passed 30 goals for the season with a hat-trick in a 6–0 win over Queens Park Rangers at the City of Manchester Stadium on 9 May, relegating the opponents.[155] On 24 May, in Manchester City's final match of the season against Southampton, Agüero scored his 26th league goal of the season, ending 2014–15 with the Premier League Golden Boot.[156]

International career[edit]

See also: List of international goals scored by Sergio Agüero

Youth teams[edit]

Agüero was selected for the Argentina U17 team to participate at the 2004 U-16 South American Championship in Paraguay in September. He participated in all of Argentina's group stage matches, scoring in a 2–1 win against the United States and a 3–1 win against Ecuador to help Argentina finish top of their group. Agüero scored in the 47th minute of Argentina's 1–0 quarter-final victory against Peru, setting up a semi-final match against Colombia which Argentina lost 2–0.
Agüero represented Argentina at two FIFA World Youth Championships, winning back-to-back world titles. He was part of the team that won the 2005 edition in the Netherlands, alongside his future 2008 Olympics squad teammates Fernando Gago of Valencia and Lionel Messi of Barcelona. At the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, held in Canada, Agüero scored twice and helped set up three goals in a 6–0 win over Panama in the second game of the group stage of the tournament. He then scored the only goal in Argentina's third match against North Korea from a free kick. Having qualified to the round of 16, he scored two of the three goals against Poland that would eventually give them a 3–1 win to advance to the next round. Argentina defeated Mexico in the quarter-finals and Chile in the semi-finals, and faced the Czech Republic in the finals, a team they drew 0–0 in the group stage. Agüero captained and scored the equaliser in the 62nd minute, leading to a 2–1 victory. In addition, Agüero won the Golden Boot of the tournament, scoring six goals in seven, and the Golden Ball as the best player of the tournament.
As a member of the Argentine squad for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Agüero scored two goals in the space of five minutes in the semi-final 3–0 win over Brazil on 19 August 2008.[157] Argentina went on to win its second consecutive gold medal at the Olympic tournament.

Senior team[edit]

At age 18, Agüero made his senior debut for Argentina in a friendly with Brazil, played at Emirates Stadium, England on 3 September 2006.[1][158] A year later, he scored his first international goal in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Bolivia, and went on to score three more times as the Albiceleste successfully qualified for the finals inSouth Africa.
Agüero taking on two Swiss players in an international friendly in 2012
Agüero was chosen for the 2010 FIFA World Cup squad, and made his FIFA World Cup debut in Argentina's second group match againstSouth Korea on 12 June 2010, replacing Carlos Tevez in the 75th minute. Agüero's impact was immediate as Argentina scored in the next minute. He assisted on Gonzalo Higuaín's hat-trick goal late in the game. Argentina won the game 4–1. Argentina, however, subsequently lost to Germany in the quarter-finals.
Agüero was named in the 23-man squad for the 2011 Copa América where Argentina had been drawn into Group A with Bolivia,Colombia, and Costa Rica. On 1 July, in Argentina's opening group stage match against Bolivia, he came on for Ezequiel Lavezzi on 71 minutes and scored an equaliser on 76 minutes to secure a 1–1 draw.[159][160][161][162] On 11 July in Argentina's third group stage match against Costa Rica, Agüero scored a goal in each half as Argentina won 3–0 and finished in second position of their group.[163]
Agüero was named in Argentina's 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[164] On 15 June, he started alongside Lionel Messi as a forward in Argentina's 2–1 win against Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Estádio do Maracanã.[165]
He was named in the Argentine squad for the 2015 Copa América, and in a warm-up game on 7 June against Bolivia in San Juan he scored his first international hat-trick in a 5–0 victory.[166] On 13 June, he scored Argentina's opening goal of the tournament in a 2–2 group stage draw with Paraguay in La Serena, exploiting a bad back-pass by Miguel Samudio.[167] Three days later at the same ground, he headed a cross from Manchester City teammate Pablo Zabaleta for the only goal of a 1–0 win against holdersUruguay.[168] At the semi-final stage, Agüero headed in Ángel Di María's cross as Argentina defeated Paraguay 6–1 to reach the 2015 Copa América Final.[169]

Style of play[edit]

Sergio is a photocopy of Romário, they are the same player
— Roberto Mancini.[170]
Agüero is a striker and is regarded as an all-out centre forward,[171] but can also play as a second striker off another striker, which he often did at Atlético Madrid with Diego Forlán,[172] due to his passing ability and vision, which made him a capable assist-man.[173] Agüero has a diminutive figure with a stocky build, which has led to comparisons with former Manchester City teammate Carlos Tevez[174] and past strikers such as RomárioDel Piero, and Diego Maradona. Some pundits go as far to say Agüero is Tevez's heir apparent at City[175] and is superior to Tevez.[176] His ex-manager at Manchester City, Roberto Mancini, has compared Agüero to former Brazilian striker, Romário, due to his goalscoring ability and technique.[170]
Agüero is characterised by agility, acceleration and strength, being described as "sharp and clever" by former Argentine player Osvaldo Ardiles.[177] A view which is shared by his international captain Lionel Messi, who believes Agüero possesses "immense power, strength and an incredible work ethic."[178] Combined with his close control, dribbling skills, and strength to keep the ball, he has been described as "a menace in the box".[172]

Personal life[edit]

Agüero was married to Giannina Maradona, the youngest daughter of Argentine football legend Diego Maradona. On 19 February 2009, Giannina gave birth to their son, Benjamín, in Madrid, Spain.[179] Diego Maradona was there for the birth of his first grandson, while Agüero, then 20, missed Atlético's training session earlier in the day. Atlético offered their congratulations in a statement on their official website.[180] Agüero and Giannina separated in 2012 after four years together.[181] Agüero shares a close friendship with Lionel Messi, his regular roommate during outings for the national team since 2005. He described Messi as being "like a brother" in his 2014 autobiography, Born to Rise, which contains a foreword written by Messi.[182]
Agüero's nickname "Kun", which features on his shirt, dates back to his childhood. It was first given to him by his grandparents,[183][184] due to a resemblance to the character "Kum-Kum" from Agüero's favourite television programme as a child.[184] He stated, "I have grown to appreciate it because it's unique. It's not every day an athlete is nicknamed after a cartoon character!"[184] Agüero has a tattoo on the inside of his right arm inscribed in Tengwar—a form of writing invented by J. R. R. Tolkien in The Lord of the Rings—that transliterates roughly to Kun Agüero in the Latin alphabet. He also has a tattoo on his left arm of his son's name and date of birth.[185]

Career statistics[edit]


As of match played 24 May 2015.[186]
ClubSeasonLeagueCup[note 1]League CupContinental[note 2]Other[note 3]Total
Independiente2002–03Argentine Primera División100010
Atlético Madrid2006–07La Liga3864100427
Manchester City2011–12Premier League342311311054830
Career total349175291562683821452230
  1. Jump up^ Includes Copa del Rey and FA Cup
  2. Jump up^ Includes UEFA Champions LeagueUEFA Europa LeagueUEFA Intertoto Cup and Copa Libertadores
  3. Jump up^ Includes FA Community ShieldSupercopa de España and UEFA Super Cup


As of 5 July 2015[187]
Argentina senior team



Atlético Madrid
  • UEFA Europa League2009–10
  • UEFA Intertoto Cup2007
  • UEFA Super Cup2010
Manchester City
  • Premier League2011–12,[188] 2013–14[189]
  • Football League Cup2013–14[190]
  • FA Community Shield2012


  • Olympic Gold Medal2008
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup20052007
  • FIFA World Cup: Runner-up 2014
  • Copa América: Runner-up 2015[191]


  • South American Team of the Year: 2005[192]
  • FIFA Young Player of the Year: 2007[193]
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup Golden Shoe2007[194]
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup Golden Ball2007[194]
  • La Liga Ibero-American Player of the Year2008
  • Don Balón Award: 2007–08
  • Tuttosport Golden Boy2007[195][196]
  • Etihad Player of The Year2011–12
  • Etihad Goal of the Season2011–12
  • Premier League Player of the MonthOctober 2013,[197] November 2014[198]
  • Football Supporters' Federation Player of the Year: 2014[199]
  • Premier League Golden Boot2014–15[200]
  • Etihad Player of the Month: February 2012,[201] October 2013,[202] October 2014,[203] November 2014,[204] April 2015[205]