Sergio Aguero joins FC Barcelona as Spanish club begin team overhaul

The 32-year-old, considered one of the greatest players in Premier League history, signed until the end of the 2023 season with a buyout clause set at € 100m (122m of dollars).

The Argentinian superstar posted pictures on Instagram of himself wearing a Barcelona shirt with the caption: “With the same commitment and passion as always, now Barca. Long live Barcelona.”

In Barcelona, ​​Aguero will join his international teammate Lionel Messi, widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time and who is also his son’s godfather.

“It’s a huge joy because since I was a child, and even more now with Messi, I think Barca are the best club in the world,” Aguero said in a statement released by the club on Monday.

“Any player who is offered the chance to play for Barca will come running. I will try to do my best to help the club win great things.”

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Barcelona presented Aguero on Monday alongside newly elected president Joan Laporta and other leaders.

“We welcomed you with a tango, a very exciting dance, just like you, because we know you will score a lot of goals for Barca,” Laporta said in the statement.

Barca beat Athletic Bilbao to win the Copa del Rey in April but finished third in La Liga and were knocked out of the Champions League by Paris Saint-Germain in the round of 16.

Aguero joined City from Atletico Madrid in 2011 and won five Premier League titles, one FA Cup and six League Cups.

The Argentine is City’s all-time top scorer with 260 goals in 390 appearances, but has struggled with injuries in recent seasons. He only made 12 Premier League appearances last season, scoring four goals.

Alongside players such as Vincent Kompany and David Silva, Aguero helped usher in a new era of success for the club, backed by rich investments from the Abu Dhabi United group.
He will be forever remembered for scoring a spectacular winner in added time against QPR in 2012 to secure Manchester City’s first league title in 44 years.

Aguero was unable to help his side win the coveted Champions League, however, playing more than 20 minutes in his side’s 0-1 loss to Chelsea in Saturday’s final.

Eric Garcia plays for Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League against FC Porto in December.  The defender also joined Barcelona this week.

Barcelona have also announced the free signing of Manchester City defender Eric Garcia, who has signed a contract until the end of the 2025/26 season. The club have set the player’s buyout clause at 400 million euros ($ 489 million).

Buyout clauses are prevalent in Spain and are a mandatory part of most Spanish contracts, according to sports lawyer Daniel Geey, although they don’t necessarily reflect a player’s true market value.

“The player literally has to ‘buy back’ his contract for the stipulated amount, although in practice it is the buying club that pays the amount through the player,” Geey said.

Garcia, 20, was part of Barcelona’s famous academy from 2008 to 2017 when he joined Manchester City.

The Spaniard, who was included in his country’s squad for Euro 2020 alongside new teammates Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets and Pedri, only made 12 appearances for City last season.

CNN’s Ben Church and Jack Guy contributed to this report.

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