Sergio Aguero's top ten career moments as the great striker retires

Five goals in 20 minutes against Newcastle, a hat-trick against Bayern Munich… and who can forget THAT last-minute strike against QPR to win the title? Sergio Aguero’s best moments as Man City legend retires at just 33 due to heart problems

  • Sergio Aguero retired from football aged just 33 after serious heart problems
  • The 33-year-old announced his exit from the game in an emotional ceremony
  • Aguero has dazzled football fans with epic displays across Europe and the world
  • Sportsmail goes through Aguero’s top ten career moments as he waves goodbye

The tears flowed at the Nou Camp on Wednesday and so did all the memories. Sergio Aguero has waved goodbye to football at the age of 33. 

Heart problems may have cut short the Argentine striker’s career by a few years but the Manchester City legend touched the hearts of many across the globe with his goals and match-winning excellence. 

From breaking through as a 15-year-old striker in Argentina, to his final goal for Barcelona in one of the biggest games in football, Aguero has dazzled football audiences with some of the greatest moments this football generation has ever seen.

Sergio Aguero has waved goodbye to football after retiring due to heart problems aged 33

The Argentine scored 420 goals in 764 career games, including a record 260 for Man City

To recognise one of the Premier League’s best ever No 10s, here are Aguero’s top ten moments from his entire – and glittering – career… 

SOLO GOAL VS RACING

Enter stage right: Sergio Aguero. A stunning solo goal for Independiente against Racing Club announced his arrival on the world stage.  

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Aguero came through the ranks at at the Argentinian club, making his professional debut as a 15-year-old in 2003. But it wasn’t until a 4-0 thrashing of Racing in September 2005 when the world started to sit up and take notice.

Aguero had run the Racing defence ragged that day, winning a penalty for his side and Diego Forlan’s third – there’s more of him later – before a sumptuous fourth goal was the pick of the bunch that afternoon.

Aguero made his debut for Independiente aged 15 but a stunning goal in a win over Racing put him on the map

The striker picked the ball up inside his own half and beat a defender on the turn. Aguero carried the ball towards the Racing penalty box and bamboozled another defender before crashing a shot into the far corner with his weaker left foot. 

That goal was enough to get Atletico Madrid interested in him and by the following year, Aguero was on European shores. 

And it is a memory that followed him right up until the end of his career. At his press conference on Thursday, Aguero described it as  ‘one of the best goals I scored.’

He added: ‘I was 17 and it was the first really nice goal that I scored.’

UEFA CUP TRIUMPH 

A teenage Aguero took a while to get used to European football, scoring just seven goals in his first season in Spain – but then got the ball rolling with 48 goals in 97 matches over the next two seasons.

His only trophies for Atletico Madrid came in 2010 and one of them was the UEFA Cup – the only major European trophy the Argentine collected in his entire career.

In the final against Fulham, Aguero – with former Independiente team-mate Forlan with him up front – set up two assists for his long-term strike partner to win the trophy in Hamburg. 

One major European trophy of Aguero’s career was the 2010 UEFA Cup with Atletico Madrid

That final summed up Aguero in a nutshell: while the Argentine scored plenty of goals throughout his career, he also created many too.

Aguero paid tribute to his all-round team game at his retirement press conference on Wednesday, saying: ‘I did everything as best as I could for me personally and for the clubs. 

‘At the end of the day, you play as a team not an individual. Everything I did was to help the team and the club.’

Aguero (right) set up two goals for Diego Forlan in Atleti’s 2-1 final win over Fulham in Hamburg

WELCOME TO ENGLISH FOOTBALL, SERGIO 

With Aguero dominating the scoring charts in Spain, it was only a matter of time before he came over to England. 

And that opportunity came in 2011 when he joined Premier League title wannabes Manchester City for £35million. How quickly that fee would be paid back in front of goal. 

Aguero’s impact on English football was immediate, quite literally. Coming on at the hour mark for his debut against Swansea, the Argentine found the net straight away by tapping home Micah Richards’ cross at the back post to make it 2-0.

Aguero scored twice on his Man City debut against Swansea in 2011 after his £35m move

Aguero then went on a mazy solo run in the penalty box, before flicking the ball back to David Silva who slammed home City’s third goal of the afternoon. 

And the scoring wasn’t done yet as Aguero then blasted in a 30-yard screamer to seal the 4-0 win and get Premier League fans gushing over the newest recruit.

City’s record signing at the time would go on to become the club’s all-time record goalscorer – but that night in August 2011 was where the journey began.  

GOLDEN BOOT WINNER 2015 

Aguero moved to Manchester City in 2011 and had already guided the club to two Premier League titles by the time he won the Premier League Golden Boot in 2015.

If there were any lingering doubts that Aguero wasn’t a special player by the 2014-15 season, then that campaign ended that debate entirely.

The Argentine picked up his only Premier League Golden Boot award in the 2014-15 season

Aguero was in scintillating form throughout that season’s Premier League term, picking up the top-flight’s top scorer prize with 26 goals.

The Argentine’s record that season was particularly impressive given he missed a significant chunk of that campaign over the Christmas break due to ligament issues. 

That Premier League season saw Aguero score four in one game against Tottenham, a hat-trick against QPR and the winner in the Manchester derby against arch-rivals United.

What is more, Aguero also netted six goals in seven Champions League matches this season as City reached the semi-final stage for the first time in their history. But more of that below… 

That 26-goal tally by Aguero (middle) included the winning goal in the Manchester derby

HAT-TRICK VS BAYERN MUNICH 

Pep Guardiola enjoyed having Aguero in his team for five years, but one of his first meetings with the Argentine saw the forward down his Bayern Munich side in 2014.

It was a vitally important game for City, who went into their home clash with Bayern bottom of their group with two points from four games.

City needed to beat Guardiola’s Bayern to stand any chance of making the knockout stages – and Aguero produced that match-winning display we were all used to seeing. 

His performance was so good, he even made a retiring Frank Lampard go back in time to produce performance worthy of the England midfielder’s prime. 

Aguero produced one of the great European displays in 2014 by netting a hat-trick against Bayern Munich

The treble helped City get to the Champions League knockout stages where they reached the semi-finals

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Aguero latched onto Lampard’s through ball to earn a penalty – and a sending off – from Bayern defender Mehdi Benatia, with the Argentine putting City ahead from the spot kick.

But Guardiola’s side fought back with two goals before half-time from Xabi Alonso and Robert Lewandowski. City were on the brink of elimination.

But up came Aguero in the final five minutes, scoring two one-on-one finishes with the cool head he possessed at the Etihad Stadium for 10 years. A vintage Aguero display, which led City to the knockout stages and then to the semi-finals. 

NEWCASTLE HIT FOR FIVE 

In another brilliant Etihad Stadium afternoon for Aguero, Newcastle arrived at Manchester City’s home in October 2015 and dared to put their noses in front.

Aleksandr Mitrovic’s goal after 18 minutes looked like a positive move for the Magpies, but it only sparked a sensational performance from Aguero. 

The Argentine went on to score a whopping five goals in the space of 20 minutes either side of half-time, rubber stamping his status as the Premier League’s most in-form striker at the time. 

Aguero’s (left) best Premier League display came in October 2015 when he scored five in a 6-1 win against Newcastle

All five of the goals in the 6-1 win, which saw Kevin de Bruyne score as well, came in typical Aguero fashion. Poacher’s finishes from inside the area. 

Those five goals were part of the 24 goals in 30 Premier League games from that season, another thrilling goalscoring campaign. 

A PERFECT CITY GOODBYE

Such is the magic of Aguero’s time in football is that the next three moments all come from the final six months of his career.

Having already announced his exit from Manchester City after a decade at the club, all that was left to do was to play his final match against Everton and then lift his fifth and final Premier League title in front of the fans. 

And Aguero’s City journey ended in exactly the same way it started: coming off the bench to score twice at the Etihad. 

Aguero (right) scored twice on his final game for Man City – a 5-0 win over Everton in May

The Argentine lifted his fifth Premier League title later that afternoon in sign off in style

Both goals couldn’t have been more different, showing the impressive range he had at the age of 32. The first was a clever outside of the boot finish following an intricate run in the box. The second, a bullet header from inside the box. His 259th and 260th goals for City.

Aguero went on to lift the Premier League title and a teary Guardiola ushered the words: ‘We cannot replace him.’

Six months after his departure, and City still haven’t done so. How can they? 

COPA AMERICA TRIUMPH 

A few months after leaving City, Aguero’s career was all about one more thing: winning a major tournament with his country. 

Sergio Aguero didn’t play a pivotal role in Argentina’s Copa America campaign earlier this year, but he had a big enough contribution to get his country back in and amongst the honours once again. 

Aguero won the Copa America with Argentina earlier this year – his first major honour with his country

Aguero started his country’s final two group matches, both resulting in victories over Bolivia and Ecuador, before watching on from the sidelines as Argentina breezed through the knockout stages with wins over Colombia and Brazil.

The 33-year-old only played one minutes of knockout stage football that tournament but if there was anyone who deserved to lift international silverware in his final outing for his country, then it was Aguero. 

SIGNING OFF IN EL CLASICO 

Sergio Aguero’s final career goal was always going to be memorable and on the biggest stage and it ended up being exactly that, even though the Argentine didn’t know it yet. 

The 33-year-old’s last ever goal in football was exactly how he scored most of his others, a first-time finish from inside the box for Barcelona for Real Madrid in El Clasico. 

The final goal of Aguero’s (right) career came in the El Clasico defeat to Real Madrid in October

The goal was insignificant in Barcelona’s defeat to their arch-rivals, as it was only an injury-time consolation in a 2-1 home defeat. 

But it ended up being a significant milestone in Aguero’s career, and it even brought him joy as he waved goodbye to the game. 

‘It’s not bad for that to be the last goal,’ Aguero said in his press conference on Wednesday, a rare smile among the tears as he announced his retirement.

AGUEROOOOOOOOOOO

You thought we’d forgotten it, hadn’t you? This was the moment Sergio Aguero entered football folklore across the globe. 

It’s the 94th minute on the last day of the 2011-12 season and Manchester City, – locked 2-2 at home to QPR – need a goal to win their first ever Premier League title, with arch-rivals United waiting to be crowned champions as it stands. 

Then, came history. 

Aguero’s finest hour came in his 94th minute title-winning goal for City against QPR in 2012

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Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler: ‘It’s finished, at Sunderland. Manchester United have done all they can, that Rooney goal was enough for the three points. Manchester City are still alive here.

‘Balotelli….. AGUEROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!’

The time on the clock – 93:20 – is forever etched into City’s history, as is the contributions of this special striker.

Only the Argentine had the coolness and composure to slam home a title-winning goal from inside the penalty area. Only Aguero could do what Aguero did.  




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