Manchester City have confirmed that the club’s all-time highest goalscorer Sergio Aguero will leave the club when his contract expires in June 2021.
The club chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said the Manchester side would give Sergio Aguero a befitting farewell by constructing a statue on his honor at the Etihad Stadium.
When the Argentina international arrived at the Premier League club, he became an instead hit and began to top scorers charts from his first season at the club.
In his first season at Manchester City, Sergio Aguero helped the club to win their first Premier League title in 40 years at the end of the 2014-2015 season. He also became the highest goalscorer of the league in that same season.
After that, he went on to help the club to win three more Premier League titles, one FA Cup title, five EFL Cup, and three Community Shield.
Sergio Aguero became the all-time highest goalscorer of the club in November 2017. He is also the first and only player in the Premier League to score 12 hat-tricks in the league.
More so, no non-English player has scored more than him in the Premier League. He is the league’s fourth all-time highest goalscorer with 181 goals. Aguero has scored a record 257 goals in 384 games for Manchester City.
Sergio Aguero: the end of an era
So far in the 2020-2021 season, Sergio Aguero has been having his worst season in the league due to injuries. The striker has not been able to do much for Manchester City and the club has been doing so well without him.
As bad as it has been for Aguero, he has managed to make just 8 Premier League appearances in which he scored a goal. He has made 14 appearances in all competitions and scored three goals, two in the Champions League.
Due to how frequently he gets injured and the fact that the club has been doing well without him, the club decided not to extend the contract of the 32-year-old striker which will officially expire on June 30, 2021.
Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said: “It gives me great pleasure to announce that we will be commissioning an artist to create a statue of Sergio to live at the Etihad Stadium alongside the ones under construction for Vincent [Kompany] and David [Silva].
“We look forward to the opportunity to bid Sergio a fitting farewell at the end of the season.”
While Sergio Aguero said: “When a cycle comes to an end, many sensations arise.
“A huge sense of satisfaction and pride remains in me for having played with Manchester City for a whole ten seasons – unusual for a professional player this day and age.
“Ten seasons with major achievements, throughout which I was able to become the top historic goalscorer and forging an indestructible bond with all those who love this club – people who will always be in my heart.
“I was to join during the reconstruction era of 2011, and with the guidance of the owners and the contributions of many players, we earned a place among the greatest of the world.
“The task to maintain this well-deserved privileged position will remain on others.
“As for myself, I will continue to give it my utmost for the rest of the season to win more titles and bring more joy to the fans. Then, a new stage with new challenges will begin, and I am fully ready to face them with the same passion and professionalism that I have always dedicated to continuing competing at the highest level.”