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Men’s Football Aguero ‘very grateful’ as Man City unveil statue of striker

SERGIO AGUERO has spoken of his pride as Manchester City unveiled a statue today celebrating their record goalscorer’s most famous strike.

Today marked the 10th anniversary of Aguero’s dramatic title-clinching, stoppage-time goal against QPR.

The Argentinian struck with 93 minutes and 20 seconds on the clock as City completed a stunning comeback to win 3-2 at the City of Manchester Stadium and snatch their maiden Premier League crown from rivals Manchester United.

Aguero went on to score a record 260 goals for City before leaving the club last summer.

City announced when his departure was confirmed that they would honour the player — who retired from the game last December following a short stint with Barcelona due to a heart condition — with a statue outside the ground.

The sculpture, which depicts Aguero’s shirt-waving celebration after scoring against QPR, was unveiled to coincide with the anniversary on Friday.

“Truthfully, it is a very beautiful thing for me,” said Aguero.

“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.”

The 2012 success, which built on City’s FA Cup triumph of the previous year, sparked a glorious era for the club.

Aguero, who moved from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2011, won five Premier League titles, an FA Cup and six League Cups in his decade in Manchester.

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 al-Mubarak. “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 joins those of team-mates Vincent Kompany and David Silva already in place at the City of Manchester Stadium.

Al-Mubarak 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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