Many teams, whether they be competing at either the top of the European game or amateur level, have a talisman, with that figure for Manchester City undoubtedly being Sergio Aguero.
Aguero a chief architect of City’s success
The 28-year-old Argentinean has been a main driver behind City’s success over the last five years, during which time the club have won five trophies.
The first of those was the 2011-2012 English Premier League title. City dramatically clinched that after beating Queens Park Rangers 3-2 on the last day of the season, courtesy of a 95th minute Aguero strike.
That was Aguero’s 30th goal in his debut year with the club, after he joined them from Atletico Madrid for a then club record transfer fee of £38m in July 2011.
Prolifically scoring for City
Subsequently after scoring prolifically during his first season in English football, Aguero has also done so throughout each of the last four years, to become City’s seventh all time top goal scorer.
By scoring his eighth hat-trick for City as they beat Steaua Bucharest 5-0 in the first leg of the two teams Champions League Play-Off tie, the former Independiente striker’s now has 140 goals for the club, just 37 short of their all time leading goal scorer Eric Brook.
In terms of City goal scoring records, Aguero holds several. For instance, as well as his 102 goals in the English Premier League being the most scored by any one player for the club in the division, Aguero is City’s top scorer in European competition with 21, whilst he has scored 17 of those in the UEFA Champions League to also establish himself as the club’s leading goal scorer in that competition.
Not only is Aguero blessed with great finishing ability, as he has consistently proven throughout his career whilst playing for Independiente, Atletico Madrid, Manchester City and Argentina, but the diminutive and powerful striker is also adept at creating goal scoring opportunities by using his wonderful range of passing, awareness and vision.
Whilst those qualities characterise the striker’s superb all round game, so too does his agility, close control,
dribbling skills, speed and strength, with Aguero continuing to combine each of those attributes during domestic, European and international games to strengthen his reputation as one the best players in the world.
Aguero’s match winning ability
As such Aguero’s value to Manchester City is immeasurable, since his presence on the field of play, greatly enhances the team’s prospects of winning any game, as has been regularly proven throughout his five years with the club.
Whilst Aguero has produced many match winning performances for City, some have been more memorable than others, with one of those being when he scored a hat-trick against Bayern Munich in the group stages of the 2014-2015 Champions League to inspire his team to a 3-2 victory over the Bavarian giants. That is just one example of an outstanding Aguero performance, as the indefatigable Argentinean rarely endures a disappointing game, although when he does, he invariably rediscovers his best form soon thereafter.
Ultimately in addition to Aguero, Manchester City’s team consists of an abundance of extremely talented players, such as Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Yaya Toure, Nevertheless the club’s talisman, as he has been since joining the club in 2011, undoubtedly remains Aguero, as he emphatically confirmed by scoring a superb hat-trick against Steaua Bucharest.
The vast confidence and resolve he displayed to do so, after missing two first-half penalties, is indicative of his strength of character. That is another of Aguero’s best qualities, which will help him continue as City’s talisman for yet another season.