Sergio Aguero signaled the end of an era The Argentine striker is using social media to let fans know he’s leaving Manchester City and the Premier League at the end of the season
His announcement prompted the football world to remember what is widely recognized as the greatest – and certainly the most dramatic – moment in the 29-year history of the Premier League

It was May 2012, on the last day of the season, with the title to two rivals from Manchester, City and United

With all games played simultaneously, City started the day ahead of United due to goal difference, but United advanced against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light before City finished with a goal against Queens Park Rangers

Both teams led 1-0 at halftime, only that QPR in the 48th Minute scored the equalizer The title then went to Old Trafford as Jamie Mackie in 66 Minute scored a goal to leave City behind

Around 150 miles away in Sunderland, United fans were on the verge of partying as the Red Devils claimed their victory, and the players waited on the field ready in case a trophy was required

But back in Manchester Edin Dzeko shot in the 91 Even so, United were less than 100 seconds away from the title when Mario Balotelli spun on the floor to get his foot to the ball and point it toward Aguero on the edge of the QPR box to swing

The striker escaped a sliding challenge from defenseman Nedum Onuoha and then somehow managed to balance and hit a right-footed shot that flew past goalkeeper Paddy Kenny and into the near post to score with 93: 20 p.m. to crash into the net

It got the voice of commentator Martin Tyler a few octaves higher and the city of Manchester stadium – indeed the entire blue half of Manchester as well as most of the football neutrals – rapt when Aguero John Aloisi’s shirtless run after sending the Socceroos fair imitated to the World Cup against Uruguay

A grim Alex Ferguson was left on the pitch at the Stadium of Light to lead his ruined United side through the tunnel A trophy celebration was no longer on the plan

“The dreams of the Premier League came true in blue,” summarized Tyler as City lifted the cutlery and started four titles in seven seasons

The 32-year-old shared his decision to stay on social media with an emotional post to fans

“I’m still very happy and proud to have played with Manchester City for 10 years – unusual for a professional player these days

“With the guidance of the owners and the input of many players, we’ve earned our place among the greatest in the world,” he added

The 32-year-old joined the club from Atletico Madrid in 2011 and scored a club record of 257 goals in 384 games He won four Premier League titles, an FA Cup and five League Cups

The Argentine is the highest rated foreigner in the Premier League and with 181 league goals the fourth best goalscorer of all time

From the club to fans to experts and celebrities – including former Oasis front man Liam Gallagher – people responded to Aguero’s news

“Sergio’s contribution to Manchester City over the past 10 years cannot be overstated,” said club chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak

“His legend will be etched in the memories of everyone who loves the club, and maybe even those who just love football”

Aguero’s contract will expire at the end of the 2020/21 campaign if he becomes a free agent

Premier League leaders City said a statue will be erected in honor of the Argentine in front of the City of Manchester Stadium, next to those of his former teammates David Silva and Vincent Kompany

“We’re going to hire an artist to create a statue of Sergio who lives in the stadium next to the ones under construction for Vincent and David,” said Al Mubarak

“We look forward to the opportunity to say goodbye to Sergio appropriately at the end of the season”

Aguero was a marginal figure at City this season and played eight games in the Premier League

after battling injuries and illnesses

Manager Pep Guardiola has given the striker two starts since recovering from COVID-19 in January and scored his first goal of the season in City’s final game, a 3-0 win at Fulham

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