Sergio Agüero has released a heartfelt message to those associated with Manchester City after it was announced he would be leaving the club at the conclusion of the season, ending a ten-year stay.
During that time he has become a City legend, not least for that unforgettable stoppage-time winner against Queen’s Park Rangers on the final day of the 2011/12 season to win the club’s first ever Premier League title. He has since won further three and as well as an FA Cup, five League Cups and three Community Shields.
Now, after playing 384 games and scoring 257 goals for Manchester City, the 32-year-old has called time on his stay at the Etihad.
Writing on social media, the Argentine summed up his time at the club.
He said: “When a cycle comes to an end, many sensations arise.
Dickov: Aguero a Man City legend
Former Manchester City striker Paul Dickov says Sergio Aguero will go down as a club legend after they announced their record goalscorer will leave the Etihad at the end of the season.
“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 historic goalscorer and forging an indestructible bond with all those who love the club – people who will always be in my heart.”
According to the Mirror, the club are planning to immortalise Aguero’s legacy at the club with a statue.
The same honour will be bestowed to former teammates Vincent Kompany and David Silva.
Aguero passes mantle onto next crop of players
Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al Nahyan’s take-over of Manchester City in 2008 ignited a new era.
Aguero was one of the club’s first big-money signings that earmarked the start of it.
Arriving from Atletico Madrid in 2011, he helped the club establish itself as one of English football’s modern big-hitters.
As a result City are now Champions League regulars and reached the semi-final of the competition in the 2015/16 season.
Now, Aguero says the next regeneration are responsible for making sure the club retains its elite status.
He continued: “I was to join during the reconstruction era of 2011, and with the guidance of the owners and the contributions of many players, we earned a place among the greatest of the world.
“The task to maintain this well-deserved privileged position will remain on others.”
Agüero has achieved an astonishing average of 26 goals a season while at Manchester City. Not only a City legend, he will go down as one of the Premier League greats.