Manchester City unveiled a statue of Argentine Sergio Aguero on Friday to mark the 10th anniversary of the now-retired striker’s dramatic goal in stoppage time to hand the club its first Premier League title.

The 33-year-old Argentine returned to the Etihad Stadium on Friday as City honored their top goalscorer with a statue depicting the moment Aguero ripped off his shirt in celebration after scoring against Queens Park Rangers on the final day of the season. the 2011-12 season.

“The truth is that it is something very nice, to see myself 10 years ago,” Agüero said. “And in those 10 years I was able to win many titles and help the club to be one of the most important in the world. It’s something very special.”

City won five Premier League titles under Agüero and is very close to lifting another. With City, Agüero scored a club-record 260 goals and was a key element in the team’s growth as a major footballing force. Prior to 2012, City had not won England’s top flight since 1968.

Aguero, 33, moved to Barcelona last offseason but withdrew in December due to a heart problem.

The statue joins similar tributes to Agüero’s former teammates, Vincent Kompany and David Silva, already installed outside the stadium.

It was sculpted by Scottish artist Andy Scott, who lives in Philadelphia.

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