Manchester City and Argentina striker Sergio Aguero.
Still only 25 years old, Sergio Aguero has been one of the world’s best players for many years now, ever since his remarkable rise at Spanish side Atletico Madrid.
The Argentine joined the La Liga outfit in 2006 as one of the game’s most exciting prospects, and quickly lived up to this potential with 101 goals in his five seasons with the club, some very impressive statistics for a player who was still developing and not yet playing for a top side.
His fine form attracted a lot of interest from Atletico’s rivals Real Madrid, but in the end it was big-spending Manchester City he joined in a massive £38million move. He didn’t disappoint in the Premier League either, adjusting immediately with two goals and an assist in his debut for City as they thrashed Swansea 4-0. His second strike was a cracking long-range effort, showing his ability from outside the box as well as in it.
He continued to find the back of the net with ease, and drew comparisons from his manager Roberto Mancini with Brazilian striking legend Romario. His big-money signing looked like being just the ingredient City needed to make that step up from a top four side to genuine title challengers.
And so it proved, with Aguero netting the crucial title-winning goal for the club on the final day, in the final minute of the 2011/12 season, taking the ball past two players before firing home the winner against Queens Park Rangers to send the Etihad Stadium wild. It was his 30th goal of an outstanding debut season in English football, and he may never score a more important one for the rest of his career.
With legendary status already assured at City, Aguero can do little more to prove his world class credentials. Although he struggled with injuries in his second season, he showed glimpses of his best form with 17 goals, including winners against Manchester United at Old Trafford, and against Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final, beating Petr Cech with a quality looping header, showing again the ability to score a variety of goals.
Aguero has 45 caps and 18 goals for the Argentina national team, and has done well to keep himself playing regularly with some immense competition ahead of him in the form of Lionel Messi, Carlos Tevez and Gonzalo Higuain. He is part of one of the best set of attacking players on the international scene and it would be fitting if he could also manage to achieve greatness at international level as well by helping his country to victory in the World Cup.