Sergio Aguero deserves a hero's send-off at the Etihad, says Guardiola

Sergio Aguero deserves a hero’s send-off from 10,000 fans at the Etihad, insists Pep Guardiola, as Man City’s all-time leading goalscorer bids farewell in his final home game against Everton

  • Sergio Aguero will play his final game for Man City at the Etihad on Sunday 
  • Guardiola expects the 10,000 fans in attendance to give him a rousing send-off
  • Aguero, City’s record goalscorer with 258, will leave at the end of the season
  • The striker looks likely to seal a switch to Barcelona when his contract expires 

Pep Guardiola likened Sergio Aguero to ‘a lion in the jungle’ as Manchester City prime themselves for an emotional farewell on Sunday.

Aguero believes he is fit enough to play a part in the fixture against Everton and make his final appearance at the Etihad Stadium.

City will celebrate the 32-year-old’s decade-long stay, during which he broke Eric Brook’s goalscoring record, after lifting the Premier League title.

Sergio Aguero will play his final game for Manchester City at the Etihad on Sunday

Despite interest from Juventus, Aguero looks likely to seal a switch to Barcelona when his contract expires and Guardiola insisted he will continue to score goals where he goes.

‘When he’s fit and has continuity he’s a guy like Romario, in five metres he can [run] like a lion in the jungle, making a step to kill the opponents,’ Guardiola said.

‘But his biggest quality is a unique sense of goal. His last goal at Crystal Palace, he [only] needs two or three steps, is so quick, and then the quality to make the goal.

‘If he plays until 35 or 40 he’ll always score. When he feels good in himself he can do whatever he wants.’

Pep Guardiola expects the 10,000 fans at the Etihad to give Aguero a rousing send-off

Aguero celebrates with the Carabao Cup with the City fans at Wembley last month

Aguero’s strike at Selhurst Park earlier this month was his 258th for City in 388 appearances and Guardiola claimed the Argentine would have gone close to Alan Shearer’s Premier League record had injuries not blighted recent seasons.

‘First of all he’s a nice person, funny, humble, he’s a legend – he’s come from Argentina to this country where it’s so difficult to score goals,’ Guardiola added.

‘He has done it for many years. I cannot imagine how many more he’d have scored if he’d been fitter than he is. He was incredibly loved from the backroom staff and with his quality, it is not necessary to add anything to his numbers.

‘His performance when fit is incredible. The fans in the stadium and around the world will give him his tribute for what he’s done in terms of titles, his numbers – incredible.’

Aguero’s strike at Selhurst Park earlier this month was his 258th for City in 388 appearances

Injuries contributed to Aguero losing his place among City’s leadership group last summer and Guardiola expects Ruben Dias to earn enough votes to force a way into the five-man panel next season.

Dias won the Football Writers’ Association’s Footballer of the Year award on Thursday and his manager admitted surprise at how quickly he settled into English life.

‘I’m pretty sure his mates and the backroom staff will choose him as one of the captains,’ Guardiola said. 

‘He’s shown he can lead, always ready to help. Wants to improve. He enjoys the good moments and sharing them. So for all of us it’s a big congrats for this award.’

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