Manchester City have unveiled a statue of Sergio Aguero at the Etihad Stadium on the tenth anniversary of the club’s first Premier League title victory.
Argentine Aguero, who retired from football last year due to a heart problem, scored the club’s iconic injury-time winner in their 3-2 victory against Queens Park Rangers on the final day of the 2011-12 season.
On the statue being unveiled, City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said: “Sergio Aguero’s contribution to Manchester City in a defining era for the club cannot be overstated. He is without doubt one of the greatest players that has ever played the game.
“When our fans think of Sergio, they are immediately drawn to the iconic moment of 93:20 and the goal that secured the Club’s first league title in 44 years, but as his record of 260 goals for the Club demonstrates, his legacy and impact at Manchester City go far beyond that.
“It is only fitting that Sergio has been recognised with a statue of his own, in celebration and honour of his accomplishments in one of the most important chapters of Manchester City’s rich and long history.”
Aguero thanked the club for the honour, saying: “Truthfully, it is a very beautiful thing for me, to see myself 10 years ago is very moving.”
The club also said that award-winning sculptor Andy Scott constructed the statue using thousands of welded pieces of galvanised steel.
Aguero is City’s all-time record goalscorer with 260 goals, joins the statues of Vincent Kompany and David Silva, commemorating a defining era for the club.
The 33-year-old was also recently inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame and won fifteen major trophies during his time at City, including five Premier League titles, one FA Cup and a record six League Cups.