‘Thank you for all the good times you brought to our club you absolute LEGEND good luck in the future’: Liam Gallagher leads the tributes to Sergio Aguero after it was confirmed Man City icon will leave this summer – with Marcus Rashford hailing him as ‘great’
- It was revealed on Monday that Sergio Aguero will leave Manchester City in June
- The Argentine forward is City’s all-time record goalscorer with 257 goals so far
- Aguero is set to win his fifth top-flight title this year and could win the quadruple
- Liam Gallagher and Marcus Rashford led the tributes to Aguero on social media
Liam Gallagher and Marcus Rashford have led the tributes for Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero after it was announced he will leave the Premier League club this summer.
City’s all-time record goalscorer will quit Pep Guardiola’s side after a decade at the Etihad Stadium, where he has won four Premier League titles and scored 257 goals in all competitions so far.
The 32-year-old will be immortalised with a statue outside City’s stadium to recognise his work in turning the club into one of the top European clubs, with fellow club legends David Silva and Vincent Kompany also set to receive one.
Football fans across the world have paid tribute to Sergio Aguero who will leave Manchester City this summer
Aguero, City’s all-time record goalscorer will depart the Etihad Stadium after ten years
But rock star and die-hard City fan Liam Gallagher paid a special tribute to Aguero via social media on Monday night, tweeting: ‘To the 1 n only SERGIO AGUERO thankyou for all the good times you brought to our club you absolute LEGEND good luck in the future LG x’
Meanwhile, Manchester United forward Rashford described the 32-year-old as a ‘great player’ following the announcement, despite the fact the Argentine plays for the Red Devils’ fierce city rivals.
Aguero arrived at Manchester City for a £35million fee from Atletico Madrid in 2011, with the club vying to become one of the best teams in England following the takeover of the Abu Dhabi United Group three years earlier.
Liam Gallagher and Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford led the tributes to Aguero
The Argentine striker won the Premier League title in his first season at the club, scoring the infamous injury-time winner against Queen’s Park Rangers to clinch the league on the final day of the season from the grasps of city rivals United.
Aguero has struggled with injury problems for most of this season but is set to clinch his fifth Premier League title as City hold a dominant lead over their top-flight rivals with a few matches remaining.
His 181 Premier League goals so far, which he can build on before his final schedule City match against Everton on May 23, make him one of the Premier League’s all-time great strikers and one of the best forwards of his generation.
Aguero scored the dramatic goal that clinched City their first Premier League title in 2011 against QPR, to steal the trophy away from rivals Untied
Aguero has 257 goals to his name so far and could end his City career as a quadruple winner
Aguero could even end his 10-year spell at City with the quadruple, as Guardiola’s men stand a chance of winning all four available trophies this season.
Manchester City’s fans have also taken to Twitter to post their emotional tributes to the greatest striker in the club’s history.
One City supporter posted: ‘it really is a end of an era i’m just grateful he will leave as the greatest PL striker ever. and in my eyes the greatest striker of all time Farewell , Sergio Aguero’
Another added: ‘Was not prepared for this at all. Thought we had one more season. He’s irreplaceable #mcfc #sergioaguero’
Fans of Manchester City and their rivals also tweeted their respect for the departing Aguero
Fans of other teams tweeted their admiration for Aguero on social media, following Monday night’s news.
One Arsenal fan said: ‘Regardless of the team you support, you simply have to respect Sergio Aguero. Easily one of the greatest strikers the Premier League has ever seen. The league will miss him.’
Another said: ‘I’m a Manchester United supporter, but credit where credit is due, Sergio Aguero was one hell of a player for City and up there with the very best natural goal scorers I’ve ever seen.’
Aguero (left) has struggled with injury for Pep Guardiola’s (right) side this season
In a statement on the club’s website, City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said: ‘Sergio’s contribution to Manchester City over the last 10 years cannot be overstated. His legend will be indelibly etched into the memories of everyone who loves the club and maybe even in those who simply love football.
‘This is not yet the moment for farewell words and speeches. There is still much to achieve in the remainder of the time we have with Sergio, and we look forward to his contributions to the challenges which lay ahead.
‘In the meantime, it gives me great pleasure to announce that we will be commissioning an artist to create a statue of Sergio to live at the Etihad Stadium alongside the ones under construction for Vincent and David. And we look forward to the opportunity to bid Sergio a fitting farewell at the end of the season.’
Aguero will have a statute of him erected outside the Etihad Stadium at a later date
Aguero himself paid tribute to City and the club in his own statement on Monday night, saying: ‘A huge sense of satisfaction and pride remains in me for having played with Manchester City for a whole ten seasons – unusual for a professional player this day and age.
‘Ten seasons with major achievements, throughout which I was able to become the top goalscoring and forging an indestructible bond with all those who love this club – people who will always be in my heart. We earned a place among the greatest in the world.
‘The task to maintain this well-deserved position will remain on others. 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.’
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