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World Cup player focus #1: Sergio Aguero

With the World Cup just a few days away, we begin our coverage with our daily profiles of the City players at this summer's tournament, kicking off with Sergio Aguero...

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Squad role: One of four strikers, Sergio will compete with Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala to partner Lionel Messi.

Sergio’s operation towards the end of last season undoubtedly saved his World Cup and he played and scored in the 4-0 win over Haiti at the end of May.

With 85 caps, he Messi and Higuain all have a wealth of experience that head coach Jorge Sampaoli is sure to call upon.

The Albiceleste go into this tournament have qualified by the skin of their teeth and as a result perhaps have less expectation on their shoulders than usual.

But with that being the case, Argentina could surprise one or two people. And with Croatia, Nigeria and Iceland in their group, they should progress to the knock-out stages where they have the capability of beating anyone on their day.

International highlights: Few players can claim to have played in a World Cup final but Sergio Aguero can.

Sadly, it is also the game no player would ever want to end on the losing side in and Argentina were lost in 2014 in the cruellest of circumstances.

Deep into extra time, Mario Gotze scored the game’s only goal to secure the World Cup for Germany and leave the Argentinians heart-broken.

Sergio was a second-half substitute for Ezequiel Lavezzi so played for more than an hour all told and picked up a booking for his troubles.

In total, he has played more than six-and-a-half hours of World Cup finals football but is yet to score his first goal from open play.

He did successfully convert one of the penalties against the Netherlands in the 2014 World Cup semi-final and will be looking to open his account in Russia this summer.

International honours: FIFA World Cup runner-up 2014, Copa America runner-up 2015, 2016

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