Ahead of Manchester City’s historic debut in the Champions League tonight, I’m going to take a look at the new favourite at the Etihad Stadium: Sergio Aguero.
He comes with a reputation as one of the best young players in Europe, with a £35 million pricetag and looking to take over the role of ‘hero’ amongst the support at Eastlands. Oh, he has a nickname too.
After being the Atletico Madrid fans’ darling at the Estadio Vincente Calderon stadium for the past five years, ‘Kun’ knows all about the pressures of football. At the age of 23, Kun has been playing for 9 years too! The £20 million deal that brought him to Atletico, from Independiente at only the age of 18, standing him in good stead for the rest of his career. However, after a Europa League, a Euro Super Cup and 74 goals in 174 games for Altletico, it was time for a move.
And what a move.
Smashing City’s own transfer record (and that is no mean acheivement), Aguero joins a stellar cast of ‘galacticos’. David Silva, Samir Nasri, Yaya Toure and Carlos Tevez. All players who cost upwards of £20million, all of whom are Sergio Aguero’s new teammates.
His impact has been impressive. The 6 goals in 4 games, exceeded only by United’s Wayne Rooney on a staggering 8, shows his mark has been made, and Aguero can certainly relax on that part. However, the striking talents City now possess, the likes of Edin Dzeko, Tevez and Mario Balotelli, mean Aguero can’t rest on his laurels. It’s this which may keep him going to create his place in City’s history books. A blossoming relationship with Silva looks to make them one of the most dangerous pairings in football.
He may well be the man who is regarded with the most acclaim due to the mere timing of his arrival. City have just won their first trophy in decades, and are now embarking on an exciting European trip in what is the major club competition. The Champions League is the place to be. Plus the 100% record to the league campaign is no mean feat either. He can become a legend. If the maiden Premier League trophy comes no doubt the awards will come his way, and with that recognition at every level. It’s not completely out of the question that he could better his country’s current best player Lionel Messi, over the years to come, as City become a major European powerhouse, they could be rivals over the coming years.
So yes, Sergio Aguero can relax. Sort of. He has the world at his feet, and the biggest oppurtunity of his career at City. He even has the definition of the word ‘legend’ in the family. Well extended family. Having Mr. Diego Maradona, as your father-in-law must be something, and perhaps the Argentine ‘god’ can help him progess at the highest level. ‘Perhaps’, ‘maybe’, ‘what if’, all words that could define the long career of ‘Kun’…