Manchester City talisman Sergio Aguero has named five players he looked up to while shaping up as a player at his boyhood club Independiente
Aguero burst onto the European stage with Atletico Madrid, establishing himself as one of the deadliest forwards in world football, which ultimately earned him a £35million switch to Manchester City in the summer of 2011.
Nine years later, and the Argentinean star has built a household name for himself, becoming the best foreign goalscorer in the Premier League history, eclipsing Thierry Henry’s record of 175.
With 180 Premier League goals under his belt, the 31-year-old seems to be on his way of overcoming Andrew Cole (187) and Wayne Rooney (208), probably only to fell short to Alan Shearer’s astonishing 260-record milestone.
The Argentina international has opened up on which five players have inspired him to become what he is today.
“When I was very, very young, I used to focus a lot on [Javier] Saviola that used to play for River Plate,” Aguero told Manchester City sponsor Etisalat, as reported by the Daily Mirror.
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“When I was very very young I used to focus a lot on [Javier] Saviola that used to play for River Plate.
Later I focused on Tevez, [Juan Roman] Riquelme, then Ronaldo from Brazil. I also liked Michael Owen.” pic.twitter.com/ywTkxpSXtQ
“Later, I focused on Tevez, [Juan Roman] Riquelme, then Ronaldo from Brazil.”
Carlos Tevez and Aguero helped City win the Premier League in 2011/12 and went on to play one more season together before Carlitos departed for Juventus in 2013.
Last but not least pick on Aguero’s list is the one of the former Liverpool striker Michael Owen, who also defended the red colors of City’s arch-rivals Manchester United in the later stage of his career.
“I also liked Michael Owen. Mainly, I used to focus on the players that I liked and tried to play as they did. When I was young, obviously,” he concluded.
So synonymous with the sky blue of Manchester City, Kun has wrapped up four league crowns with the Citizens and was named the club’s player of the season twice.
Slowly entering the twilight years, the striker’s adventure at the Etihad also approaches its end. With less than two years left on his contract, Aguero’s future with City is hanging by a thread.
Yet, he has delivered another prolific campaign despite often battling Gabriel Jesus for a place in Pep Guardiola’s starting XI, racking up 16 goals in 22 league appearances to reach double figures in the tenth consecutive European season.