After 77 minutes of last night’s game against Chelsea, Manchester City were losing 1-0. This game was not just a clash between two big clubs, for Manchester City it was the most important of the season. Four points off first place before kick-off, it was a game they had to win to keep the pressure on city rivals Manchester United.
Then, with the crowd getting nervous, Michael Essien handled the ball in the box and a penalty was awarded. As the crowd went quiet, Sergio Agüero picked up the ball, placed in on the spot and took six steps back. Wearing his blue v1.11 speed boots, the Argentine international accelerated towards the ball and hammered an unstoppable shot into the bottom right-hand corner. The crowd went crazy, his teammates mobbed him and Manchester City went onto win 2-1.
When Sergio Agüero arrived in England last summer, people wondered if he could adjust to the pace of the Premier League. Yet after two goals on his debut against Swansea, he has shown with every game that he is a truly world class striker. So far this season he has 24 goals in 41 games for his team, and his movement, finishing and work rate have been a highlight of Manchester City’s play. He has been so impressive that fans of other clubs tune into Manchester City matches to watch him work his magic.
But it is not just his skills and goalscoring ability that have impressed people. When you watch some footballers it seems that football is just a job. When you watch Sergio Agüero, you see a man who loves football. He plays with a smile on his face and his chest puffed out. He plays with pride, he never stops running and he has that ability to lift his teammates when all seems lost.
Despite his incredible goal scoring record this season, Agüero is not a selfish player. Playing with his head up, he is the ultimate team player and knows when to pass to a teammate who is in a better position. His eight assists in all competitions would be a good total for a midfielder, and with every game he proves why the €45m Manchester City paid for his services is an incredible piece of business.
The frightening thing is that, aged 23, he is still three or four years away from his peak as a player. If he can perform like this in a new country in his first season, imagine what he can do in the seasons ahead.
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