Premier League giant Manchester City unveiled Friday a statue of club legend Sergio Aguero to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the retired striker’s dramatic stoppage-time goal that clinched the club’s first Premier League title.
The Argentine was back at the Etihad Stadium Friday as City honored its record goal-scorer with a statue that depicts the moment when Aguero ripped his shirt off in celebration after scoring against Queens Park Rangers on the final day of the 2011-12 season.
“Truthfully, it is a very beautiful thing for me, to see myself 10 years ago is very moving,” Aguero said. “In those 10 years I was able to win a lot of trophies and was able to help the club become one of the most important in the world… It is something very special.”
City won five league titles with Aguero and is on the verge of another one. Aguero scored a club-record 260 goals for City and was a key player in the growth of the team as a major soccer force. Before 2012, City had not won England’s top tier since 1968.
The 33-year-old Aguero switched to Barcelona last offseason but retired in December because of a heart problem.
The statue joins similar tributes to Aguero’s former teammates Vincent Kompany and David Silva already installed outside the stadium.
It was sculpted by Philadelphia-based Scottish artist Andy Scott.