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 win over QPR.
On May 13, 2012, the Argentine struck in the dying minutes of the season to win City’s first ever Premier League title.
Deep in stoppage time, with Manchester United’s season already over, City leapfrogged their rivals with one of the final kicks of the campaign.
The defining strike of the era came after Edin Dzeko equalized in the second minute of added time, creating arguably the most dramatic moment in the history of the top flight.
Aguero might have retired as a City legend that day, but he also became the club’s all-time top scorer with 260 goals during a distinguished ten-year career.
And now the club have immortalized the striker, 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.
“Really, it’s 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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“During these 10 years, I was able to win many trophies and I 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, seeing me 10 years ago is very emotional.”
Aguero’s goal paved the way for a golden era that still continues at the Etihad.
President Khaldoon Al Mubarak believes it is important to recognize the role played by Aguero’s most famous goal in the club’s history.
“That was the moment that I think changed everything,” Khaldoon said. “If you look at the 10 years that have passed since then, it 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 teammates 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, beautiful to look at, efficient and has brought a lot of trophies.”
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