Sergio Aguero deserves ultimate send off and Man City can give him perfect gift

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Manchester City once got into trouble for not presenting Yaya Toure with a cake to celebrate his 31st birthday in 2014.

The incident blew up to such a proportion that the Ivorian almost left the Etihad – and later admitted the club's ignorance had left him 'damaged', as well as having a lasting effect on his daily life.

A bit extreme perhaps, irrespective of how much we all love cake.

But heaven help those same club bosses if they don't make a meal of giving Sergio Aguero the send off he deserves at the end of this season.

The obligatory statue and mosaic have been commissioned to recognise the remarkable achievements of Aguero, following what has been a decade of sheer brilliance from the Argentine.

Fair enough. Casting Aguero in bronze alongside David Silva and Vincent Kompany will be a fitting tribute to the 'Holy Trinity' of stars who did more than anyone else to make City the major force in English football.

City like to make a song and dance when iconic figures depart.

Even former manager Manuel Pellegrini was treated to a painting by LS Lowry costing a small fortune when he left in 2016 – and he had been sacked to make way for Pep Guardiola.

The problem remains that Covid-19 could still deprive the Premier League leaders of the chance to make a fuss of Aguero before he leaves.

It would be a travesty if there are still no fans inside the Etihad when City host Everton on the final day of the season on May 23.

That's when Guardiola's side will be presented with the Premier League trophy, but will Aguero be able to take a lap of honour and soak up the adulation, gratitude and respect he deserves?

Let's hope so, because Aguero has been arguably the greatest striker of the modern era, someone who stuck to the game and the goals. How he was only once named on the PFA Premier League Team of the Year is is unfathomable as it is scandalous.

But there is still a leaving present City can give to Aguero that not even a combination of Covid and sheer ignorance can ruin.

Perhaps the greatest gift of all City could provide him with would be the chance to lift the Champions League trophy in Istanbul on May 29.

Forget Lowry, a framed picture of Aguero clutching the biggest prize in domestic football would be the most fitting addition to his vast collection of memorabilia back at his home in Argentina.

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    City owe it to Aguero to make sure he finishes his astonishing career in English football on the highest of highs.

    Nothing will ever compare to that moment in 2012 when he scored with the last kick of the season to crown City champions for the first time in 44 years.

    But conquering Europe would come close – making it the perfect finish for the perfect player.

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    Gareth Southgate knows that being England boss comes with the caveat of being on a hiding to nothing.

    Beating San Marino and Albania by a combined score of 7-0 over two games might not set the pulses racing for some people who will never be satisfied.

    And it's true that the strength of the opponents England have to face in qualification campaigns will leave them in danger of being undercooked once the Euros come round.

    But like Southgate points out, the Three Lions can only beat what is put in front of them.

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    And a quick glance at some results this week suggests that most wins at international level should be treasured.

    The Germans lost to North Macedonia, Romania lost to Armenia and world champions France limped to a 1-0 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina.

    It suggests there is no clear favourite to win the Euros this summer, the competition is wide open and Southgate's men have a glorious chance to win a major trophy.

    All he has to do now is cram all that exceptional talent into a team with a winning formula and the job's a good un.

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    • Manchester City FC
    • Sergio Aguero
    • Premier League
    • Champions League
    • Pep Guardiola
    • England Football Team
    • Gareth Southgate
    • Euro 2020
    • Manuel Pellegrini

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