Manchester City have unveiled a statue of Sergio Aguero outside the Etihad Stadium to mark ten years since his iconic goal in the 3-2 victory over QPR.
On May 13, 2012 – the Argentine struck in the dying minutes of the season to secure City’s first-ever Premier League title.
Deep into stoppage time, with Manchester United’s season already concluded, City leapfrogged their arch-rivals with one of the last kicks of the campaign.
The era-defining strike came after Edin Dzeko equalised in the second minute of injury time, setting up arguably the most dramatic moment in top-flight history.
Aguero could have retired as a City legend that day but also went on the become the club’s all-time leading scorer with 260 goals across a glittering ten-year career.
And now the club have immortalised the forward, who left City last summer, with a statue of his celebration against QPR.
He joins ex-teammates Vincent Kompany and David Silva in stone outside the Etihad Stadium.
“Truthfully, it is a very beautiful thing for me,” said Aguero, 33, who was recently forced to retire from football with a heart problem after joining Barcelona.
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“In those 10 years I was able to win a lot of trophies and was able to help the club become one of the most important in the world.
“I am very grateful to the club for making this statue in recognition of my football career in Manchester. It is something very special.
“I remember I was very young, to see myself 10 years ago is very moving.”
Aguero’s goal paved the way for a golden era which still continues at the Etihad.
Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak feels it is important to acknowledge the role Aguero’s most celebrated goal played in the club’s history.
“It’s the moment that, I think, changed everything,” said Khaldoon. “If you look at the 10 years since, that was the moment that introduced what lies ahead.
“He is absolutely deserving and, I think, a legend for this club.”
Aguero’s statue will join those of team-mates Vincent Kompany and David Silva already in place at the Etihad Stadium.
Khaldoon said: “These players, Vincent Kompany, David Silva and now Sergio Aguero, represent a type of football that is enjoyable, that is beautiful on the eye, that is effective and that brought with it a lot of trophies.”
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