Later News Mar 31

Aguero is the Premier League’s Lionel Messi, says Man City boss Pep Guardiola

By now, you would have known about Sergio Aguero’s impeding exit from the English Premier League (EPL) through the loud celebratory cheers emanating from London.


After all, the Argentinian has made it a habit of scoring against London sides like Chelsea (15 goals), Tottenham Hotspur (12 goals) and Arsenal (11 goals) since coming to England to join Manchester City in 2011.


Aguero, who is the highest-scoring non-Englishman in EPL history with 181 goals under his belt to date, has achieved so many honours with Man City that even Tottenham Hotspur’s trophy cabinet, empty though it may be, would struggle to contain them all.


Four EPL titles, one FA Cup, five League Cups (we don’t count the Community Shield because we’re not Jose Mourinho), and one of the most iconic moments of all time in EPL history – “Aguerooooooo!” – later, Aguero will surely leave Man City as a club legend.


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Granted, the bar to becoming a Man City legend isn’t that high when you’re going up against the likes of Richard Dunne and…er…Sun Jihai? 


Man City boss Pep Guardiola, however, believes that Aguero has made an impact not just on Man City, but on English football as a whole (as the aforementioned London teams would agree).


And the former Barcelona manager has paid Aguero the highest compliment – by comparing him to his compatriots Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona.


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Speaking to ESPN Brazil, Guardiola said: “Maradona conquered Italy, Messi did it in Spain, and Aguero has done it in England, his numbers speak for themselves.


“When you have that internal fire, play with that anger, his incredible talent comes out, he can win games on his own. He is an extraordinary person, and we still have another month and a half to win things and score goals.”


Unfortunately for Aguero, injuries and Covid-19 have limited his playing time with Man City this season, with just four EPL starts and a goal to his name.


At the age of 32, Aguero is arguably reaching the sunset of his glittering career. But that has not stopped the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and Italy’s famous retirement home, Juventus, from registering their interest in the striker.


And Aguero’s Man City teammate Rodri is confident that the former Atletico Madrid star will be snapped up by a ‘big club’ once he leaves the Etihad Stadium.


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“I hope he [Agueo] goes to a big club because that’s what he deserves,” said Rodri. “He’s one of the greatest goalscorers of the last decade, no doubt about it.


“I’m close to him, we share a friendship and I wish him all the best. I think he’s had a highly successful time at Manchester City, becoming the top goalscorer in the club’s history. He deserves a great farewell.”




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