Stake.com ambassador and Man City legend Sergio Aguero sat down with football journalist, presenter and author Guillem Balague to discuss what Kun is up to since retiring from football. As well as recreating *that* Martin Tyler commentary, the legendary striker discussed Pep Guardiola’s legacy and how Lionel Messi is getting on in Miami.
There are a lot of historic goals that come with a story, as you say. I’m thinking of two specifically. Diego Armando Maradona, for example, against England. But in your case, would you say that it is the goal in your career that is the most talked-about, brought up most often?
The fact the goal goes hand-in-hand with the commentary. Does that make you a little envious because you wanted all the attention or does it complement it and make it almost better?
What about the commentator Martin Tyler? Have you met and given each other a hug?
One of the best explanations I have heard about football is that it is a show and what goes on around it forms part of that show, including, of course, legendary commentators like Martin Tyler. On the 10th anniversary of that goal, they got a statue of you at the Etihad and I don’t know if you have been to Manchester many times or if you want to go back, so what’s your relationship like with the city?
I’m watching clips of when you arrived and made your debut, in fact, I’m watching your first goal, from a Micah Richards pass and I’m seeing a really young guy, you’re not exactly a ‘little boy lost’ but there’s a bit of an innocence about you and your hairstyle is different, it’s obviously another version of Sergio Agüero. But inside your mind, were you thinking, “I’m here to get this Premier League won, I can break records” or something? How did you see it when you arrived?
As you’ve given the official version of what you were thinking at that time, but likewise, did you think, also, “You know, that the central defenders don’t often play high up, in that way there’s a load of space and I’m going to get loads of goalscoring opportunities and smash it here”. Did that also cross your mind, because that’s what often happens with forwards who come from abroad.
You said that your English didn’t put you in the best position to unsettle defenders with your words, but then, when you started to speak better English, did you use that too or not?
To defenders, would you say to them “You are not a very good defender?” to put them off?
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Do you remember all of the records that you have accomplished?
I’m surprised because I thought that it’s when you retire that what you’ve done starts to sink in; in bars, restaurants, with your friends. But I can see that in your case, that isn’t how it is. In any case, do you remember that you’re the player who scored the most hat-tricks in the Premier League?
Harry, Kane, Michael Owen, Wayne Rooney. But now there’s Erling Haaland, in a couple of years, he’ll have that record because he’s taking City to another level, isn’t he. You can see with Haaland, with Pep, with the amazing team they have. Do you see them as favourites for the Premier League this year too?
What similarities or differences do you see in this Manchester City and your Manchester City?
You’ve said a crucial thing, which is that the players have to adapt to Pep’s style. Specifically, how did you change under Pep’s charge, what did you add to your game and what did you have to do in order to convince him?
You were very present, 260 goals don’t score themselves too easily. But you say that while City have Pep, they will be favourites for everything. And if I mentioned to you that he has two years left as manager of the club. Let’s assume so. But what the English call an educated guess, maybe in two years he will leave club football and pick a national team to manage. And because he can choose who, shall we make him the manager of the Argentina national team?
Have you spoken to Leo? Have you been to see him yet? He’s clearly enjoying being there.