Sergio Aguero, Manchester City’s record scorer, will leave the English club after 10 years when his contract expires at the end of the season.
The 32-year-old Argentina striker has 257 goals for City, the most famous being his stoppage-time winner against Queens Parks Rangers on the final day of the 2011-12 season that clinched the team its first league title in 44 years.
Sergio Aguero leads the all-time scoring charts both for Manchester City and for non-English players in the Premier League as a whole.Credit:PA
That trio, along with midfielder Yaya Toure, were central to City’s success over the past decade.
Aguero, who joined from Atletico Madrid in 2011, scored at least 28 goals in all competitions in six straight seasons for City and will go down as one of the greatest strikers to have played in the Premier League.
He is the league’s highest-scoring overseas player. His haul of 181 puts him fourth on the all-time scoring list, behind Alan Shearer (260), Wayne Rooney (208) and Andy Cole (187).
Aguero also has a Premier League-high 12 hat tricks.
Aguero said he forged “an indestructible bond with all those who love this club — people who will always be in my heart.”
“I will continue to give it my utmost for the rest of the season to win more titles and bring more joy to the fans,” Aguero said in his Twitter post. “Then, a new stage with new challenges will begin.”
City are on course for the “quadruple” this season, as they lead the Premier League by 14 points, have reached the final of the League Cup, the semi-finals of the FA Cup and the quarter-finals of the Champions League — a trophy the club and Aguero are yet to win.
He has, though, won the Premier League four times, the League Cup five times, and the FA Cup once.
Aguero was able to change his game to fit in with the style of play demanded by Pep Guardiola after the Spanish coach took charge of City in 2016. He transformed himself into more of an all-round player, with the ability to drop deeper and link up play, but never lost his fearsome ball-striking and poacher qualities inside the area.
Aguero has previously spoken about returning to Argentina to finish his career with former club Independiente.
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