From Thierry Henry to Eric Cantona, the English top-flight is known for its ability to produce the best goalscorers in the world.
Man City recently announced that Sergio Aguero would not be back with the club next season. It signals the end of an era at City, one filled with success for a club that has long been in the shadow of their cross-town rivals.
As Aguero plays his last few matches at the club that made him a superstar, it’s time that we look at why he is one of the greatest strikers the Premier League has ever seen.
The biggest knock against Aguero is that he’s somewhat injury-prone, which is a valid point to make. He’s missed significant time throughout the past couple of seasons with injury. That’s to be expected with a striker of his age. However, when he is on the pitch, few players have been more consistent in their goal-scoring output. Aguero averages .67 goals per match in the Premier League, third all-time right behind Harry Kane and Henry.
The man is a clinical scorer, and while he’s yet to regain his normal brilliance since the start of the pandemic, expect to see a lot of goals from the Argentine no matter where he goes next.
Few players in the Premier League have ever had a bigger impact on their club than Sergio Aguero. He arrived at Man City in 2011, and since then, all they’ve done is win. During his first season in Manchester, he scored arguably the most memorable goal in English football history, securing City’s first Premier League title in over 40 years with a last minuted blast against QPR in the final game of the season.
From there, Aguero won three more titles with the club while leading City in goals eight out of the last nine seasons. In doing so, he became City’s all-time leading goal scorer and one of only four players in their history to win the EPL Golden Boot. Unlike Messi or Ronaldo, Aguero came to a club with almost nothing and helped bring them to the top.
He may not have the same number of accolades as some other world-class strikers, but the impact he had on his team is unmatched, and it makes him one of the greats.
There is one trophy that Aguero is still looking to get his hands on. Back in 2014, he told fans, “I won’t leave City until we’re European Champions.” City and Aguero have yet to win the Champions League, but they have a great shot at doing so this campaign.
The Citizens take on Dortmund next month in the quarterfinals. Although Aguero likely won’t play much through the end of the season, it would be fitting for Man City’s greatest ever player to finally win Europe’s greatest trophy.
Aguero has the full package as a striker. The consistency, the clutch gene that made him so invaluable to City, and the winning mentality are all there.
After this season, Aguero will likely move on from the Premier League; however, his legacy as one of the greatest strikers in English football history will be everlasting.
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