This was an ending that no Hollywood screenwriter would have imagined credible.
With City trailing 2-1 in the 92nd minute but requiring victory over the Queens Park Rangers to win his first Premier League title in 44 years, Edin Dzeko equalized.
Then, at 93:20 of the last minute of play, a composed Sergio Aguero made his way through the frantic QPR defense and fired into a winner to secure victory and clinch the 2011/12 Premier League. Cue bedlam.
Ten years later, Aguero’s goal was immortalized in the form of a statue outside the Etihad Stadium.
“Honestly it’s a very nice thing for me, seeing me 10 years ago is very moving,” said Aguero of the statute, which was unveiled on Friday as part of a series of events and activities organized by Manchester City to celebrate the tenth. anniversary of his stunning Premier League title victory.
Illuminated by blue light at night and machined from galvanized steel, the statue was designed and built by renowned sculptor Andy Scott in his studio in Philadelphia.
It captures the precise 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 30m high steel horse heads located near Falkirk, Scotland.
“It has been an honor to work on a project that means so much to Manchester City fans around the world to celebrate such an important player in the life of this football club,” said Scott.
“I had no illusions about how important this was 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 to commemorate City’s first title-winning team since 1968.
During his time in Manchester, Aguero scored 184 goals in 275 Premier League appearances, becoming the club’s all-time top scorer and fourth-highest in Premier League history.
“In those 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 Argentine.
“I am very grateful to the Club for making 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 made only five appearances for the Spanish club before his premature retirement.
Since winning in 2012, Man City have won the Premier League four more times, including three of their last four leagues.