Sergio Aguero: Player Profile - Manchester City 2019
The Manchester City fans would always remember Sergio Aguero as the player who scored the 94th injury minute winner on the final day of the Barclays Premier League 2011-12 season to clinch the title away from their neighbors, Manchester United. At that moment, he not only became a hero but established his legacy in the history of the club.
The Argentine signed from Athletic Madrid in 2011 at a fee of around £35 million. Securing the club's first title in 44 years in his debut season was the start of the incredible career that followed. He was also pivotal in City's title triumph in the 2013-14 campaign at the expense of Liverpool. Man City failed to win the league title the following year, but that didn't stop Aguero to win the Premier League Golden Boot award.
The appointment of Pep Guardiola exemplified the fact that City were after something big. They wanted to win both the Premier League and the Champions League and be called the best club in the land and possibly in Europe as well.
Guardiola's first season started well but fell off the pace in the middle with Aguero got speculated to leave the club. The arrival of Jesus made fans believe that Sergio would play second fiddle to Gabriel which might tempt him to move elsewhere in Europe.
However, Aguero chose to stay and fight for his place in the side. There was a change in his style of play last season where he dropped deep often to receive the ball and link up with the midfield and the wingers. He now does more work off the ball than he ever did before.
The 2018-19 Campaign
After a breathtaking 2017-18 campaign, Manchester City were regarded as the favorites to win the title once again with Liverpool being the closest challengers. The season began the way everyone expected as Aguero scored a brace in the 2-0 Community Shield win over Chelsea and followed it up with his first hat-trick of the season in a 6-1 drubbing of Huddersfield at the Etihad.
The excellent form continued, and the striker signed a long term deal with the club until 2021. His goal against Manchester United also took him level with Wayne Rooney as the highest scorer in Manchester derbies.
It was a smooth sailing for Aguero and City, until a run of poor results in December saw them drop four points behind Liverpool in the title race, That sparked the Man City players to life as they beat Liverpool, Arsenal, and Chelsea in league with Aguero scoring a total of seven goals including two hat-tricks.
The Next Hurdle
Aguero equaled Alan Shearer's record of the total number of hat-tricks in the Premier League after thrashing Chelsea 6-0 at the Etihad.
He has now scored 160 goals in the Premier League for City and is level with Mo Salah in the race for the Golden Boot award this campaign. However, Aguero's dream of winning the Champions League with City is still alive and so are the club's aspirations of winning the quadruple this season.