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Aguero: Thank you to the City fans

Aguero: Thank you to the City fans
Sergio Aguero says he will be forever grateful to the Manchester City fans for their ‘incredible’ support.

The Argentine striker – the Club’s all-time record goalscorer – will don the City shirt for the final time at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, as the Champions welcome Everton in the Premier League’s season finale.

With 10,000 supporters in attendance at the stadium for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic, fans will be able to bid an emotional farewell to Kun, showing their appreciation for a remarkable career in blue.

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However, Aguero says it is he who should be thanking the supporters for their warm welcome and everlasting affection, and for helping him to feel so at home in Manchester; aiding his remarkable rise to becoming one of the world’s greatest strikers.

“My message to the fans is: ‘Thank you,’” he declared. “Thank you to the City fans for always supporting me.

“When you feel the love from your fans, everything is a lot easier. It’s the same for anyone in any line of work - when someone believes in you, you do better. I owe a lot to the people at this Club because I have the City fans to thank for everything.

“I remember being on the pitch and playing badly – games where I have played really badly – but it was incredible to see the fans still got behind me. I remember them shouting my name. I just want to say thank you and hope that they enjoy this moment.

“I have always felt it (appreciation), even from Manchester United fans! I go out to eat and everyone always shows me a lot of respect.

“It makes me really happy because I know that I have given my all for them. I have also met so many fans who are totally crazy about City, with tattoos, and I understand this kind of fanbase for a Club like this one.

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“When I arrived here, I didn’t expect things to go as well as they did because I was the back-up striker at Atlético Madrid.

“When I started playing here, I was very much a number nine. Things went really well. I didn’t expect it but luckily, I started feeling really comfortable at the Club and my teammates helped me a lot.

“It made things a lot easier having players around me who were at such a high level with so much quality. It was a strange feeling at the beginning, but it didn’t take long before I was very happy here.

“Now, looking at the numbers it’s like: ‘Wow!’ At the beginning, I didn’t think much about the numbers but now I feel so happy for what I have achieved at the Club and the goals I have scored.

“We have won a lot of games. I leave here feeling very satisfied with what I have achieved here. In the last games, I will do my best so that I can leave on a high.

“I want all the fans who saw me play in the stadium to remember me for what they saw me do on the pitch. I always say that you enjoy yourself on the pitch because of the support of the fans.

“I will definitely miss the rain. When I arrived in Manchester, they all warned me about the weather. The players all told me that it rained a lot and it was never good weather but I thought: ‘Yes, but we just need to train and play. What else?’

“It makes no difference if it rains. The players also complain when it’s hot! So, I don’t understand why they talk about how bad the weather is so much.

“That’s why I have been here for 10 years. If I didn’t like the weather here, I would have left before now. I have to play and train – rain or no rain – it doesn’t matter to me.

“Often, I am at home all day recovering and in reality, footballers have very little time to do other activities. The only time you can go and have fun are holidays – we have 15 days or a month a year. So, wherever you are, the weather doesn’t matter.

“Lots of players don’t stay here for as long as I have been here for. Manchester will always be one of my homes. I’m not going to live here anymore of course as I have other plans now, but yes it will always feel like home to me.

“So, I want to say thank you to the fans and I hope that they enjoy the remaining games with the top players we have here.

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“Right now, it’s me going but the others will leave eventually so it’s important to support them and enjoy every moment while they’re here at the Club.”

Throughout a sensational career at the Etihad Stadium, Aguero has continuously rewritten the history books, smashing record after record.

However, the Argentine ace will of course, be best remembered for the goal which clinched City’s very first Premier League title in the most dramatic fashion – an injury-time strike against Queens Park Rangers, which incredibly snatched the league crown on goal difference on the final day of the 2011/12 campaign.

Unsurprisingly, Kun admits his unforgettable winner – arguably the Premier League’s greatest goal – would be the moment of his career he’d love to relive; one of many in his treasured City collection.

“It is the best memory that I will ever have in my head,” he declared.

“I don’t think it will happen again in another country or in this one. It’s not something that can be repeated.

“For me, I don’t know if it was the best goal because obviously it was just another goal, but it was the best moment of my life.

“Every time I watch the goal with my friends, or my son shows it to me and I watch with my family, it seems as though it was last year when actually a lot of time has passed but I will always remember this goal like it was yesterday.

“It was just so crazy, so amazing. We won more titles after this one and those celebrations were the same but the celebrations that year were different, very different.

“I remember that night we went with our families and everyone from the Club to party. We were all still in shock. We were saying: ‘This is crazy! We just won the Premier League and in the last minute!’

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“I think we celebrated for two days in a row with all of our families and everyone at the Club. It was incredible. Two days of crazy partying but with family, people from the Club and with teammates.

“Every time we saw each other, we would shout: ‘Champions, Champions!’ We were just so happy. It was a unique moment – different to everything else.

“It was a dream. Obviously, in the game, we knew that we could win the league. We could have scored earlier and then you’re counting down the minutes waiting for the celebrations but it is a different kind of celebration when you score at the very end. It was total madness!”

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Reflecting on his time at the Etihad Stadium, Aguero was asked what words of guidance he would give to his younger self upon his arrival as a 23-year-old back in 2011 and declared his advice would be: to enjoy every moment.

“If I was to give advice to a young boy – a kid from Buenos Aires – I would say: ‘Enjoy it as much as you can and get on well with your teammates because that’s what will stay with you at the end of the day,’” he replied.

“The best memories are the ones with your teammates and the people that work at the Club because you spend the most time with them – the physios, the doctors and also the catering staff. They’re the people we see the most.

“I’d say you should enjoy yourself as much as possible and if you’re a striker, you have to try and enjoy every goal.

“I have scored so many goals. The goal (against Crystal Palace) came at a good time because it made me feel more relaxed and gave me confidence.

“I understand my manager’s reaction and my teammates too but what I think about most is how much my teammates support. I know that they love me which for me is so important.

“I still enjoy myself but when I was scoring goals I did start to think ‘well that’s just one goal more’ but it’s not easy scoring goals so my advice is to always enjoy it whether you are a striker, or a defender or a goalkeeper. Savour all the good moments.”

Aguero also reserved praise for manager Pep Guardiola, who has guided City to an illustrious period of sustained success.

Kun says he has seen improvement within his own performance, as well as the team as a collective, and is looking forward to completing his final Premier League game for City in fitting fashion with the celebrations of a trophy lift.

“My job is to play well for the team and score goals when I’m in the box. That’s what I have done for my whole life and I enjoy every goal as if it was the first one.” he continued.

“I feel good and when I feel good, I give my manager reasons to think I should play.

“As a striker, I have a responsibility playing under Pep as I know that we have a lot of possession, so we have so many chances and I have a responsibility to score.

“I think that the team has a lot more of the ball under Pep, so we have more opportunities. I think that he has improved the team, but we all have our individual strengths, whether it’s in the box, the wide players or midfielders.

“He is different to the other managers I have had at City. I think I became a better player and goalscorer under him because he likes his team to dominate the ball. This is fundamental for any striker; to have chances and contact with the ball. That’s what it’s about.

“It’s difficult [to say how I would like to be remembered] but I don’t want the fans just to remember me for the goal I scored against QPR. I want them to remember all my best moments in important games.

“I just want the fans to remember everything that I did on the pitch for them and for my teammates above all.

“[On Sunday], I am going to approach the game the same way as I always do: play my way, my style of play and do my best and then after the game I will greet the fans as they will be there.

“I’m going to enjoy it but first and foremost, I need to be focused as we have the Champions League Final the week after.

“I will do my best for however many minutes I am given and afterwards enjoy myself with the fans.”

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