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Football: The magic moments that made Sergio Aguero

Sergio Aguero's career has come to a premature end at the age of 33 but the Argentine superstar has certainly given the footballing world some moments to savour. 

Aguero left Manchester City - available at 1/2 to lift another Premier League title - in the summer after a decade-long association with the club and moved to Barcelona on a free transfer, signing a two-year deal.

However, the Catalan move which was meant to be a perfect swan song to his career turned into a nightmare as soon as he picked up his first injury in pre-season.

His debut wasn't made until mid-October and he did score in an El Clasico game, albeit in a 2-1 loss to Real Madrid.

But after just six matches, his career has been cut short - a sad end for a player who has provided so many memories.

5. Winning the Copa America - July 2021

Aguero may not have featured a huge amount in the Copa America, but just months before his retirement, he was able to shake the international tournament monkey off his back.

He only played once during the tournament as a substitute in the quarter-final win against Ecuador but he can retire in the knowledge he was part of side that many had heavily criticised for underperforming on the international stage.

4. Manchester City debut - August 2011

Back in the days when £8million was deemed a seismic transfer fee, Aguero was brought to England from Atletico Madrid at the age of 23.

He was deemed a huge talent and had already built up a considerable level of experience after debuting for Independiente as a 15-year-old in 2003.

With City spending big in order to try and topple rivals Manchester United, Aguero was the marquee signing in the summer of 2011 and started on the bench for their first game against Swansea.

After coming in the 59th minute, he scored two goals - one a cracker from distance - and set one up for David Silva in what some believed to be the best debut performance of all time.

3. Breaking City's all-time scoring record - November 2017

Aguero's longevity at City and unprecedented success saw him break the club's all-time goalscoring record, previously held by Eric Brook who represented the club in the 1920s and 30s.

It was in a Champions League tie against Napoli where he scored his 178th City to go top of the pile and write another chapter of history.

The game was a significant one as City qualified for the Champions League round of 16 thanks to a 4-2 win in Naples, with Kun's goal proving to be the decisive one.

City can be backed to win the Champions League this season at 11/4 and banish the memories of last season's final loss to Chelsea.

2. Scoring five vs Newcastle - October 2015

One of the reasons why Aguero's goals tally is so high was down to his ability to single-handle destroy opposing teams.

No player has scored more hat tricks in the Premier League than Aguero (12) while in October 2015, he became the fifth player in Premier League history to score five in a match against Steve McClaren's Newcastle.

He scored the equaliser to make it 1-1 just before half time before an incredible burst in the second half.

Aguero netted four in 13 minutes as City demolished Newcastle 6-1 with Aguero's virtuoso performance a day to remember for the City faithful.

1. That goal - May 2012

The greatest moment in Premier League history bar none had Aguero at the epicentre.

Everything any neutral would ever want from the sport was contained in those 90 minutes on May 13th 2012 - the drama, the jeopardy, the unpredictability, and the quality.

2-1 down to QPR in the final moments, needing a win to secure their first-ever Premier League title, City were requiring a miracle.

Edin Dzeko's header gave late hope before the new king of Manchester stepped up to the plate.

While fingernails were being chewed off in the crowd, Aguero controlled a pass from Mario Balotelli, dropped his shoulder to evade a challenge, before unleashing the most emphatic finish to beat Paddy Kenny and send the Etihad into a frenzy.

The Argentine whipped his shirt off in celebration and, just 10 months after arriving in England, wrote himself into City, Premier League and football folklore.

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