Sergio Leonel Aguero, also known as Kun Aguero, is an Argentine professional football player who plays for English Premier League club Manchester City and the Argentina national team. Aguero has played as a center forward throughout his career in football.
The City Number 10 is considered to be one of the best modern center forwards with one of the best goals per minute ratio in the English Premier League. Aguero was second fastest to score 100 Premier League goals behind former English forward Alan Shearer and is the highest scoring South American in the league.
The 28-year-old started his journey in the beautiful game with home-town club Independiente in Argentina as a nine-year-old boy. After impressing in the youth side, Aguero was handed his first-team debut on July 5, 2003 against Club Atletico San Lorenzo de Almagro. In the process, he became the youngest player to make a debut in the Argentine top-flight, beating a record that was held by the legendary Diego Maradona.
His first goal for Independiente arrived on November 26, 2004 when he scored in a 2-2 draw against Estudiantes. He cemented a place in the starting XI that season which also helped him earn a place in the Argentina U-20 squad for the 2005 FIFA U-20 World Cup, a tournament that Argentina won. The following season – 2005/06, would prove to be Aguero’s most productive season in Argentina and his last in his home country as he scored 18 goals in 36 appearances.
Aguero’s performances drew admiring glances from Spanish top flight side Atletico Madrid, who acted swiftly to sign him up for 20 million Euros in the summer of 2006. His first season in Spain saw him score seven times as coach Javier Aguirre opted to rotate the striker quite regularly.
At the end of the 2007-08 season, Atletico lost talismanic forward Fernando Torres in a transfer to Liverpool. The move meant that Aguero was handed a regular starting berth and the Argentine impressed with a string of outstanding performances against Barcelona, Real Madrid, Valencia, Sevilla and Villarreal.
He scored a couple of goals, assisting one and winning a penalty in a 4-2 home win against mighty Barcelona back in March 2008 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbwHft1vB70). Aguero managed to score 19 goals that season in La Liga and only Luis Fabiano and Daniel Guiza had hit the back of the net on more occasions. His performances helped Atleti qualify for the Champions League for the first time in more than a decade.
The following season saw Aguero partnered with Uruguayan forward Diego Forlan in attack for Atletico as the side qualified for the Champions League once again. In 2009-10, Atletico were knocked out of the group stages of the Champions League that saw them compete at the Europa League. The team would go on to win the competition by defeating English side Fulham in the final in a 2-1 success. Aguero assisted both goals in extra time as he lifted his first piece of silverware with the rojiblancos.
The 2010-11 season saw Atletico win the UEFA Super Cup by beating Inter Milan 2-0. Kun Aguero assisted the first goal for Jose Antonio Reyes before sealing the contest with the second goal. The season was the first time that he hit 20 goals in his career.
On July 28, 2011, Aguero signed for Manchester City in a 38 million pound deal, signing a five-year contract with the side. He made his debut from the bench in a 4-0 win against Swansea on August 15, 2011. He scored on his debut, merely nine minutes after coming off the bench. He went on to assist another goal for Spaniard David Silva soon after before scoring a scintillating 30-yard strike in added time.
Kun Aguero’s first season at the club ended in title success as Manchester City clinched the Premier League title on the final day of the season. It was Aguero who hit the winning goal in a 3-2 win over Queens Park Rangers as City won their first top-flight title since winning the old first Division in 1967-68. He would go on to win another league title a couple of seasons later in 2013-14 under Chilean coach Manuel Pellegrini.
The forward was part of the Argentina team that won the gold medal at the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008. He has scored 33 times in 80 senior appearances for Argentina.