Sergio Aguero, the Manchester City record holder, will leave the English club in 10 years, when his contract expires at the end of the season.
The 32-year-old Argentina striker has 257 goals for City, the most famous being his time-lapse winner against Queens Park Rangers on the last day of the 2011-12 season, who won the team’s first league title in 44 years.
A key player in the growth of the club, owned by Abu Dhabi, as a major force in England and Europe, Aguero has struggled with injuries in the last year and has been limited to just 14 appearances in all competitions this season. The penalty he scored against Fulham on March 13 was his 181st goal in the Premier League, but his first in the division since January 2020.
In a post on Twitter on Monday to his 14 million followers, Aguero said he had “a huge sense of satisfaction and pride” in playing for City for a decade and was ready to “continue to compete at the highest level”.
“Sergio’s contribution to Manchester City over the last 10 years cannot be overestimated,” said club president Haldun Al Mubarak. “His legend will be indelibly remembered by all who love the club and perhaps even by those who just love football.”
Al Mubarak said a statue of Aguero had been commissioned to stand next to those currently being erected to honor the player’s former teammates, David Silva and Vincent Company.
This trio, along with midfielder Yaya Toure, have been key to City’s success over the past decade.
Aguero, who joined Atletico Madrid in 2011, has scored at least 28 goals in all competitions in six consecutive seasons for City and will come down as one of the greatest strikers to play in the Premier League.
He is the most productive foreign player in the league. His 181 draw put him fourth in the all-time rankings, behind Alan Shearer (260), Wayne Rooney (208) and Andy Cole (187).
Aguero also has 12 hat-tricks in the Premier League.
Aguero said he had built “an indestructible bond with everyone who loves this club – people who will always be in my heart.”
“I will continue to do my best for the rest of the season to win more titles and bring more joy to the fans,” Aguero said in his Twitter post. “Then a new phase will begin with new challenges.”
City are on track for the Quartet this season as they lead by 14 points in the Premier League, reach the FA Cup final, the FA Cup semi-finals and the Champions League quarter-finals – the Aguero trophy has yet to win at the club .
However, he won the Premier League four times, the League Cup five times and the FA Cup once.
Aguero managed to change his game to fit the style of play required by Pep Guardiola after the Spanish coach took over City in 2016. He became a more comprehensive player, with the possibility of a deeper fall and connection game, but never lose your scary punches and poaching qualities in the area.
Before that, Aguero talked about his return to Argentina to end his career with the former club Independiente.