Maybe he could have played for another three or four years. But Sergio Aguero had to withdraw from football a little earlier due to heart complications. The 33-year-old Barcelona and Argentina striker said goodbye to football today at Camp Nou with tears in his eyes.
Videos of many of his old goals have been floating on Facebook and Twitter since his departure. Aguero’s one-time coach in Manchester City and now Italy’s national team coach Roberto Mancini tweeted a video of the most talked about moment of Aguero’s career.
On the last day of the English Premier League in 2012, Aguero scored in the added time of City’s last match in 693 minutes and 20 seconds to give City the league title. In the video, Manchini writes of Aguero as “King”, “King Kun (Aguero’s nickname), let the moments of your off-field life be like that.”
Manchini has given the title of ‘King’. Many call him one of the best strikers of the last decade, reminiscent of Aguero’s career. Many say the best in the history of the Premier League. But where will Aguero actually be on the list of the best strikers of the last decade?
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have to be kept out of the account. It’s not just that the two of them are ‘superhuman’. Neither of them is a traditional striker, even though they outperform everyone else in terms of goals scored. Aguero will be joined by Robert Lewandowski, Luis Suarez, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Karim Benzema, Gonzalo Higuain, Harry Kane, Pierre-Emerick Abameyang, Edinson Cavani, Mohamed Salah and Kilian.
Readers, will your vote fall on Aguero’s box as the best striker on that list? Or someone else?