English Premier League side, Manchester City have unveiled a statue of Argentine striker and club legend, Sergio Aguero.
The Argentine scored 257 goals in 384 appearances for the club on the way to becoming the club’s record goalscorer. However, none of those goals more iconic than his strike against Queens Park Rangers, ten years ago today. The stoppage time goal fondly immortalized as 93:20 ended a 44-year wait for a Premier League title for the football club.
The Aguero statue joins statues of former teammates Vincent Kompany and David Silva. All three being iconic figures during a defining period for the club.
The statue was created by award-winning sculptor Andy Scott and was made using thousands of welded pieces of galvanized steel. It immortalizes the moment after the iconic goal, when the Argentine went off celebrating with his shirt in the air.
Speaking at the unveiling, Aguero said,
“It’s fantastic! I’m very happy for it, it’s special. That moment changed my life, the club, everything. The best moment in my life. It will always be in my heart.”
“We don’t know what would have happened if we lost the Premier League that year. That year changed everything because the next years we started winning more titles.”
Aguero won fifteen major trophies with the club, including five Premier League titles, one FA Cup and a record six League Cups. Last year, he was also inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame.
Chairman of the club, 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 recognized 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.”