Sergio Aguero is joining FC Barcelona from Manchester City, with the Catalans handing him a contract until the end of the 2022-23 season.
The 32-year-old has signed a deal that will keep him at the Camp Nou until 2023, and the release clause is said to be 100 million euros.
He went to Catalonia following City’s loss against Chelsea in the Champions League final where Kai Havertz’s goal proved decisive in the match. The experienced footballer completed his medical before putting pen to paper on his contract with Barca.
Ronald Koeman’s side has now secured the signature of the talented footballer who earned a huge reputation for himself in the Premier League. However, he has grappled with injuries in the previous two years.
The Argentine clocked up only 20 appearances last campaign and managed to get on the scoresheet on only six occasions.
The current City manager Pep Guardiola gave the 32-year-old a sentimental tribute after he played his final league match for the club against Everton. Aguero was introduced in the second half of the game at the Etihad and he made an immediate impact, scoring twice to help his side win by 5-0.
“We love him so much,” Guardiola said (as per MARCA). “He’s a special person. He’s so nice. He helped me a lot … We cannot replace him, we cannot. There are many players in this club – Joe Hart, David Silva [are others] – who helped us to be this club. We have his legacy. He showed his quality in 30 minutes.”
Sergio joined the youth academy of Argentine side Independiente when he was only nine. He quickly progressed through its ranks and earned the distinction of playing in the Primera Division at a record age of 15 years.
The talented player clocked up 54 league appearances for El Rojo, scoring 23 goals in the process.
Aguero’s performances in Argentina attracted the attention of Atletico Madrid and they splashed £20 million to bring him to Spain in the summer of 2006. He went on to earn seven goals in all competitions in his first season in Madrid.
During his spell at Atletico, the 32-year-old claimed several prestigious awards, including the Don Balon, the Golden Boy, and the World Soccer Young Player of the Year. He also added the UEFA Europa League and the UEFA Super Cup to his trophy cabinet while in Madrid.
The immensely talented striker racked up 230 appearances across all competitions for the Indians, smashing 100 goals and creating 46 assists in the process.
The Argentina international moved to Premier League outfit Manchester City in July 2011 in a deal worth £35 million. He made his debut for the Citizens in August that year in a league match against Swansea City.
The former Atletico Madrid player created headlines in the football world when he scored the most crucial goal in the season’s last match against Queens Park Rangers. City needed victory over QPR to win the league crown, but they were left trailing in the game by 2-1.
However, Edin Dzeko struck in injury time to give some hope for the Citizens. Then in the 94th minute, Aguero popped up with the winning goal, sending the Etihad stadium into a frenzy. With that memorable strike, the 32-year-old immortalized his name in the history of Manchester City forever.
Sergio continued his impressive performances in Manchester over the following years and greatly increased his reputation as one of the best strikers in the world.
He swelled his trophy cabinet by winning five Premier League titles, six EFL Cups, and an FA Cup.
The Argentine has clocked up 390 appearances across all competitions for City, scoring an incredible 260 goals and creating 73 assists in the process (stats from Transfermarkt).
He is the club’s all-time top goal scorer and also has the distinction of holding the most Premier League hat-tricks.
The striker was twice included in the PFA Team of the Year while he also won a Golden Boot award.
Sergio Aguero has now joined FC Barcelona, and he is expected to do well in Spain as well.
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