Sergio Aguero, Manchester City’s all-time top scorer, will leave the English club at the end of the season as his deal expires.
The 32-year-old Argentina striker has 257 goals for City, the most notable of which was his stoppage-time winner against Queens Park Rangers on the final day of the 2011-12 season, which won the club its first league title in 44 years.
A central figure in the club’s rise to prominence in England and Europe, Aguero has been plagued with injuries in recent years and has made only 14 starts in all competitions this season. His penalty goal against Fulham on March 13 was his 181st in the Premier League, but it was his first in the league since January 2020.
Aguero said in a tweet to his 14 million fans on Monday that he has a “great sense of happiness and confidence” from playing for City for a decade and is eager to “continue winning at the highest level.”
“Sergio’s commitment to Manchester City over the last decade cannot be overstated,” said club chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak. “His legend can be indelibly embedded in the hearts of everyone who loves the club, and even those who only enjoy football.”
Al Mubarak reported that a statue of Aguero has been commissioned to stand alongside those honoring the player’s former teammates, David Silva and Vincent Kompany.
This trio, along with midfielder Yaya Toure, has been instrumental in City’s growth over the last decade.
Aguero, who joined City from Atletico Madrid in 2011, scored at least 28 goals in all competitions in six consecutive seasons and will be remembered as one of the best players to ever feature in the Premier League.