The Premier League club Manchester City announced on Monday that their top goal-scorer, Sergio Aguero, will be left the club after his contract expires at the end of the season.
The 32-year-old moved to Etihad club from Atletico Madrid in 2011 and scored a record 257 goals in 384 appearances, winning five League Cups, four Premier League titles and one FA Cup.
Aguero’s most memorable goal came in stoppage time against Queens Park Rangers on the last day of the 2011/12 season, which secured City’s first English title in 44 years.
The Argentine is the highest scoring overseas player in the Premier League and the fourth divisional top scorer of all time with 181 goals.
In a Twitter post on Monday, Aguero said: “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. Then, a new stage with new challenges will begin. When a cycle comes to an end, many sensations arise”.
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. With the guidance of the owners and the contributions of many players, we earned a place among the greatest of the world, he added.
“Sergio’s contribution to Manchester City over the past ten years cannot be overemphasized. His legend will forever remain in the memory of everyone who loves the club, and perhaps even those who just love football,” said club chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak.
Aguero’s contract expires at the end of the 2020/21 campaign when he becomes a free agent. Manchester City’s leaders have announced that a monument will be erected outside the Etihad stadium in honour of the Argentine, along with statues of his former teammates David Silva and Vincent Kompany.
“We will commission an artist to create a statue of Sergio that will live in the Etihad Stadium, next to those under construction for Vincent and David. We look forward to the opportunity to bid a fitting farewell to Sergio at the end of the season,” said Al Mubarak.
A key player in the Abu Dhabi-owned club’s rise as a significant force in England and Europe, Aguero has struggled with injuries from the last year and has been denied just 14 appearances in all competitions this season.
Club’s Manager Pep Guardiola has given the striker two starts since he recovered from COVID-19 in January. The penalties he scored against Fulham on 13 March marked his 181st Premier League goal, but his first division goal since January 2020.
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