Sergio Aguero, the club’s record goalscorer, is “irreplaceable in the souls, hearts, and minds of our fans,” according to Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. Aguero is set to leave the club at the end of the season. Aguero joined City from Atletico Madrid in 2011, three years after the club was taken over by Abu Dhabi owners, and will depart with 257 goals in 384 games. The 32-year-old Aguero’s goal tally, according to Guardiola, could be exceeded one day, but what he means to the club is unrivaled.
Guardiola said, “Sergio is irreplaceable.” “I might tell he’s replaceable in terms of numbers, but it’s not easy when you consider he’s played over 360 games and scored over 250 goals, not to mention the number of titles he’s earned” (he has won).
“So it’s the legend, the greatest striker this club has ever had for this century over the years, but it’s irreplaceable in the hearts, minds, and souls of our supporters, our people, the players who played alongside him, and all the managers who worked with him.”
When Guardiola took over as manager in 2016, he said he felt lucky to have such stalwarts as Aguero at the club.
“The guys who came after him — me as a boss, for example — we were so lucky,” he said.
“When we took over the club, he was one of the players who helped us make a move forward, along with Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany, David Silva, and many others.”
Guardiola credited the Argentinian with helping City become a domestic football powerhouse after spending decades in the shadow of city rival Manchester United. For City fans, Aguero’s most memorable moment was a goal scored in the final game of the 2011/12 season.
Manchester United was seconds away from winning their fifth Premier League title, prolonging the torment of their English rivals, who had not won the league since 1968. Aguero, on the other hand, had other thoughts, catching the ball from Mario Balotelli and smashing home a 3-2 win over QPR and sending the Etihad into raptures.
Guardiola said, “When he came here, the club was in one level, and he helped to bring the club to a higher level.” “Of course, the fans will be eternally thankful.” Aguero, on the other hand, has had a difficult season. In the offseason, he underwent knee surgery. His comeback was delayed by a hamstring injury, and he was forced to sit out for a month due to coronavirus infection.
With City aiming for a record quadruple trophy sweep — and Aguero looking all but certain to share a fifth league title — Guardiola believes the Argentine has plenty of time to say his goodbyes in style. “I believe he has some interesting goals to score this season,” Guardiola said.