It was a finale that no Hollywood screenwriter would have imagined believable.
With City trailing 2-1 in the 92nd minute but needing a win over Queens Park Rangers to claim their first Premier League title in 44 years, Edin Dzeko equalized.
Then, at 93:20 in the last minute of the game, a composed Sergio Aguero smashed his way through QPR’s frantic defense and fired a winner to secure victory and clinch the 2011/12 Premier League. Cue rowdiness.
Now 10 years later, Aguero’s goal has been immortalized in the form of a statue outside the Etihad Stadium.
“Really, it’s a very beautiful thing for me, seeing me 10 years ago is very emotional,” Aguero said of the status, which was unveiled on Friday as part of a series of events and announcements. activities organized by Manchester City to celebrate the tenth anniversary of their remarkable Premier League title victory.
Illuminated with blue light at night and made of galvanized steel, the statue was designed and created by renowned sculptor Andy Scott in his Philadelphia studio.
It captures the exact moment Aguero took off his shirt and waved it around his head in celebration.
Scott’s sculptures are made of galvanized steel and include structures such as “The Kelpies” – two 30 meter high steel horse heads located near Falkirk, Scotland.
“It was an honor to work on a project that means so much to Manchester City fans around the world in honor of such an important player in the life of this football club,” said Scott.
“I had no illusions about the importance it had for the Club, for the fans, for Sergio himself and I hope that this statue will bring joy and happiness to all who see it.”
Aguero’s statue joins those of Vincent Kompany and David Silva commemorating the first City team to win the league title since 1968.
During his time at Manchester, Aguero scored 184 goals in 275 Premier League appearances, becoming the club’s all-time leading goalscorer and the fourth-highest goalscorer in Premier League history.
“During these 10 years I was able to win many trophies and I was able to help the club become one of the most important in the world,” said the 33-year-old Argentinian.
“I am very grateful to the Club for having made this statue in recognition of my football career in Manchester. It is something very special.”
Aguero joined Barcelona in the summer of 2021 on a free transfer but only made five appearances for the Spanish club before his early retirement.
Since winning in 2012, Man City have won the Premier League four more times, including three of the last four championships.
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