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Sergio Agüero biography

Sergio Leonel "Kun" Agüero del Castillo (; born 2 June 1988) is an Argentina association football who plays as a Forward (association football) Striker for Manchester City F.C. in England's Premier League and the Argentina national football team.

On 5 July 2003, Sergio Agüero became the youngest player to debut in the Argentine First Division at 15 years and 35 days, breaking the record previously established by Diego Maradona in Seasons in Argentine football, who is Agüero's father-in-law by virtue of Agüero's marriage to Maradona's daughter, Giannina.

At international level, Agüero represented the Argentina national under-20 football team at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship and in 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup winning both tournaments. Agüero played at the Football at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's tournament, Sergio Agüero scored two goals in the 3–0 semi-final win against Brazil national under-23 football team as Argentina went on to win the gold medal. Agüero was selected to represent Argentina in the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the 2011 Copa América.

Club career


Sergio Agüero joined the youth system of Club Atlético Independiente at the age of nine. Sergio Agüero started playing for the side, becoming the youngest player to debut in the division at 15 years and 35 days (on 5 July 2003 against Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro), breaking the record previously established by Diego Maradona in 1976, when Independiente's coach, Oscar Ruggeri sent Agüero onto the field as a substitute for Emanuel Benito Rivas in the 69th minute of the match. Sergio Agüero performance was well received by the press, Despite Sergio Agüero early debut, Agüero was not selected again by Ruggeri, and Sergio Agüero replacement Osvaldo Sosa, for the remainder of 2002–03 Argentine Primera División, having only made just one appearance in the 2002–03 in Argentine football. Following the arrival of coach Jose Omar Pastoriza, seven months after Agüero's first match Sergio Agüero returned to the club's first-team in 4-2 win against Peru Cienciano during the group stages of the 2004 Copa Libertadores. This meant that Agüero also became the youngest player to participate in the Copa Libertadores, a record that Sergio Agüero held for three years. One month later, Agüero again featured in a Copa Libertadores fixture against Ecuador Club Deportivo El Nacional. On 19 June, for the first time, Agüero played a full 90 minute match for Independiente against Atlético de Rafaela during the 2003–04 Argentine Primera División. Sergio Agüero scored Sergio Agüero first goal for Independiente in a 2-2 draw against Estudiantes de la Plata on 26 November, with a 22nd minute shot from outside the penalty area. Agüero became a regular in the club's first-team, being selected for the Argentina national under-20 football team for the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship, which Argentina won. During the 2005–06 in Argentine football, Agüero scored 18 goals in 36 league appearances, having missed two games due to suspension. In a 4-0 win against Racing Club de Avellaneda on 11 September, Agüero dribbled from inside of Sergio Agüero own half and scored Independiente's fourth goal with a left footed shot. Sergio Agüero outstanding performances during the 2005–06 Argentine Primera División attracted interest from a number of big name Europe clubs, and after months of speculation, Agüero announced on TV in April that Sergio Agüero intended to leave the club at the end of the season. Before the end of the season, there had already been speculation of a possible transfer to Atlético Madrid. In a 2-0 away victory against Olimpo de Bahia Blanca in round 17 of the Torneo Clausura, Agüero received Sergio Agüero fifth yellow card of the season. This prevented Sergio Agüero from playing Sergio Agüero last game for Independiente in a fixture against Boca Juniors in Avellaneda one week later. The yellow card brought tears to the eyes of Agüero, as television cameras recorded. Agüero, who scored Independiente's second goal of the match later said "I think that it was my last goal for Independiente". Sergio Agüero played Sergio Agüero last game for Independiente, two weeks later, in a 2-0 away defeat to Rosario Central. On 30 May, Agüero officially transferred to Atlético Madrid for Euro sign20 million, marking a record for the Bank of Spain.

Atlético Madrid

In May 2006, Agüero joined Spain club Atlético Madrid for fee reported to be around Euro sign23 million, breaking the club's previous transfer record. Sergio Agüero caused controversy early in Sergio Agüero Atlético career by using Sergio Agüero hands to score the winning goal against Recreativo Huelva on 14 October 2006, only Sergio Agüero second goal for the club, with the first coming in a 4–1 away win against Athletic Bilbao on September 17. In the 2007–08 La Liga, Agüero finished third highest scorer in La Liga, behind Daniel Güiza and Luís Fabiano, with 19 goals, and was runner up in the Trofeo Alfredo Di Stéfano award. Agüero won many plaudits for Sergio Agüero man of the match display against FC Barcelona in March 2008, scoring twice, assisting a goal, and winning a penalty for Atlético in a 4–2 win. Sergio Agüero also scored important goals against the likes of Real Madrid, Valencia CF, Sevilla FC and Villarreal CF to help Atlético finish fourth and qualify for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in over ten years.

Agüero was once again a regular goalscorer for Atlético in the 2008–09 La Liga, forming a partnership with Uruguayan striker Diego Forlán, also a former Independiente striker. On 16 September, Sergio Agüero scored Sergio Agüero first Champions League goals in a 3–0 away win at PSV Eindhoven. In March 2009, the duo of Forlán and Agüero scored a Brace (sports) In other fields each in a 4–3 win over league leaders FC Barcelona. Agüero finished in the top ten contenders for the Pichichi Trophy which was won by Sergio Agüero teammate Forlán. Atlético finished fourth in the league, qualifying for the following season's UEFA Champions League 2009-10.

Despite not being as prolific in front of goal, Agüero had another good season in 2009–10 La Liga, and was praised for Sergio Agüero influential performances as Atlético enjoyed their most successful season in over a decade. On 3 November 2009, Sergio Agüero scored twice against Chelsea F.C. during a 2–2 draw in the Champions League at the Vicente Calderón Stadium. Atlético were knocked out of the competition, but went on to reach the final of the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League, where Agüero assisted both goals in a 2–1 extra time win against England club . Sergio Agüero also helped Atlético reach the final of the Copa del Rey, although this time they were not victorious, losing to Sevilla in the Camp Nou on May 19.

On 27 August 2010, Atlético Madrid captured the 2010 UEFA Super Cup by beating favorites F.C. Internazionale Milano 2–0. Agüero provided the assist for José Antonio Reyes's opening goal and then secured the win by scoring the second. On 4 January 2011, Atlético Madrid confirmed via their official website that Agüero had signed a new contract with the club, keeping Sergio Agüero at the Vicente Calderón until 2014. The following day Sergio Agüero was named as the new captain (association football) of Atlético, along with strike partner Diego Forlán.

The 2010–11 La Liga was arguably Agüero's most successful for Atlético, as Sergio Agüero scored 20 league goals for the first time in Sergio Agüero career. Between March and May of 2011, Sergio Agüero went on a run of seven consecutive goalscoring appearances, a feat that no other player in Europe could match during the season. Agüero's final outing for Atlético came on May 21 against RCD Mallorca, a game in which Sergio Agüero reached two milestone. In a 3–4 win, Sergio Agüero scored Sergio Agüero first career hat-trick, the second goal being Sergio Agüero 100th for the Colchoneros. However, failure to celebrate any of the goals lead to speculation that Sergio Agüero would be on Sergio Agüero way out of the club.

On 23 May 2011, Agüero announced on Sergio Agüero official website that Sergio Agüero wanted to move from Atlético Madrid and formally asked to be released from Sergio Agüero contract. Aguero later spoke to ESPN, where Sergio Agüero stated that Sergio Agüero would "not be returning to Atlético". On the same day that Agüero officially became a Manchester City player, Atletico Madrid hosted a 2011–12 UEFA Europa League qualifying phase and play-off round against Strømsgodset IF, where a group of Atlético fans brandished "Aguero We Hope You Die" banners, in a reaction to the striker's £38million move to Manchester City, at the Vicente Calderon on 28 July, 2011. Upon Sergio Agüero departure, Atlético used the €45million from Agüero's sale to buy Radamel Falcao as Sergio Agüero replacement.

Manchester City

2011–12 season

On 28 July 2011, Manchester City F.C. confirmed that Agüero had signed a five-year contract with the club. The fee was reported to be in the region of £38 million (€45 million). Sergio Agüero was given the number 16 shirt for Sergio Agüero first season at City Agüero made Sergio Agüero debut for Manchester City on 15 August 2011, in a 4–0 Premier League victory over Swansea City A.F.C.. Agüero came on as a substitute in the 59th minute scoring Sergio Agüero first goal for the club within 9 minutes after a tap in from a cross from full back Micah Richards. Sergio Agüero then turned provider with an assist after chipping over the oncoming goalkeeper before flicking the ball back into the penalty box and into the path of David Silva to score. Agüero rounded off Sergio Agüero debut by scoring again in injury time with a 30 yard strike. Sergio Agüero 30 minute debut gained rave reviews among football journalists, with some suggesting it was one of the best in English football. City continued their strong start winning 3–2 away at Bolton Wanderers F.C. with Agüero missing two chances in the penalty box. On 28 August, Agüero scored Sergio Agüero third league goal in Manchester City's 5–1 rout of Tottenham Hotspur F.C.. On Sergio Agüero third start for the club, Sergio Agüero scored Sergio Agüero first hat-trick in English football, against Wigan Athletic F.C.. On 18 September, Sergio Agüero scored twice at Craven Cottage against Fulham F.C. but Manchester City were held to a 2–2 draw. Having been substituted off of the field after just 28 minutes due to an injury during a 4-0 win against Blackburn Rovers F.C. on 1 October, Aguero returned to action in a 2011–12 UEFA Champions League group stage fixture, where Sergio Agüero came on for Nigel de Jong on 62 minutes and scored a 93rd minute winner in Sergio Agüero side's 2–1 victory against Villarreal CF on 18 October. On 23 October Aguero took part in Sergio Agüero first Manchester derby, scoring in the 69th minute as Sergio Agüero converted a Micah Richards pass across the face of goal. The match incredibly finished 6-1 to City.
On 1 November, Aguero was shortlisted for the prestigious FIFA Ballon d'Or. On 19 November Sergio Agüero scored a penalty in a 3-1 win at home to Newcastle United F.C., ending Newcastle's unbeaten start to the season.
Sergio Agüero made Sergio Agüero League Cup debut in the quarter final match against Arsenal F.C. at the Emirates Stadium, scoring the only goal of the game in the 83rd minute scoring from an Adam Johnson (footballer) through ball.
Sergio Agüero next goal came in a 5-1 home win against Norwich City F.C., opening the scoring in the 32nd minute, giving Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero 13th goal of the season and maintaining the team's 100% league record at home. On 21 December Sergio Agüero scored a brace as City beat Stoke City F.C. 3-0 at home. On 3 January 2012 Sergio Agüero opened the scoring in a 3-0 win at home to Liverpool F.C., beating Pepe Reina with a low shot. Aguero scored Sergio Agüero 15th goal on February 4th, scoring a penalty against Fulham F.C. in a 3-0 win at a snow covered Etihad Stadium. During the first-leg of a Europa League round of 32 match against F.C. Porto, Aguero entered the field in the 78th minute for Mario Balotelli and scored the match winning goal, and Sergio Agüero first Europa League goal for Manchester City, in the 85th minute. The game had ended 2-1, when in the second-leg, Aguero scored within 19-seconds at City of Manchester Stadium in a 4-0 win on 22 February. Manchester City advanced to the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League knockout phase Round of 16 of the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League, having won 6-1 on aggregate. On 25 February, Aguero scored Sergio Agüero 16th league goal in a 3-0 win against Blackburn Rovers F.C

International career

Senior team

Agüero made Sergio Agüero senior debut for Argentina national football team in a friendly with Brazil national football team, played at Emirates Stadium, England on 3 September 2006. Argentina went on to win the gold medal, a second in a row at the Olympic tournament.

2010 FIFA World Cup

Sergio Agüero was chosen for the 2010 FIFA World Cup squad, and made Sergio Agüero World Cup debut in Argentina's second group match against Korea Republic national football team on 12 June 2010, replacing Carlos Tévez in the 75th minute. Agüero's impact was immediate as Argentina scored in the next minute. Sergio Agüero assisted on Gonzalo Higuaín's hat-trick goal late in the game. Argentina won the game 2010 FIFA World Cup Group B Argentina vs Korea Republic. However Argentina subsequently lost to Germany in the quarter finals.

2011 Copa América

Agüero was named in the 23-man squad for the 2011 Copa América where Argentina had been drawn into Group A with Bolivia national football team, Colombia national football team and Costa Rica national football team. On 1 July in Argentina's opening 2011 Copa América Group A match against Bolivia national football team Sergio Agüero was substituted on to the field for Ezequiel Lavezzi on 71 minutes and scored an equaliser on 76 minutes to secure a 1–1 draw. On 6 July Sergio Agüero was substituted onto the field for Ezequiel Lavezzi on 64 minutes as Argentina drew 0-0 with Colombia in their second group stage fixture. On 11 July in Argentina's third group stage match against Costa Rica, Agüero scored a goal in each half as Argentina won 3–0 and finished in second position of their group.

Style of play

Aguero is a striker and is regarded as an all out centre forward, but can also play as a second striker off another striker, which Sergio Agüero often did at Atlético Madrid with Diego Forlán.

Agüero is a diminutive figure with a stocky build, which has led to comparisons with fellow Manchester City striker, Carlos Tevez and past strikers such as Romário and Diego Maradona. Some pundits go as far to say Agüero is Tevez's heir apparent at City and is superior to Tevez. Sergio Agüero manager at Manchester City, Roberto Mancini has compared Agüero to former Brazilian striker, Romario.

Agüero is characterised by agility, acceleration and strength, being described as "sharp and clever" by former Argentine player Ossie Ardiles. A view which is shared by Lionel Messi who believes Agüero possesses "immense power, strength and an ­incredible work ethic." Combined with Sergio Agüero close control and strength to keep the ball, Sergio Agüero is described as a menace in the box. It came about due to a resemblance to the character "Kun Kun" from Agüero's favourite television programme as a child. Maradona was there for the birth of Sergio Agüero first grandson, while Agüero, then 20, missed Atlético's training session earlier in the day. Atlético offered their congratulations in a statement on their official website.

Agüero has a tattoo on the inside of Sergio Agüero right arm, inscribed in Tengwar—a form of writing invented by J. R. R. Tolkien that was used by the Elf (Middle-earth) in The Lord of the Rings. It transliterates roughly to Kun Agüero in the Latin alphabet. Sergio Agüero also has a tattoo on Sergio Agüero left arm with Sergio Agüero son's name and date of birth.


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