Barcelona have brought the Argentine striker back to LaLiga Santander, a decade after his memorable and prolific spell at Atletico de Madrid.
Sergio Agüero is back LaLiga Santander. The former Atlético de Madrid striker has confirmed his long-awaited move to Barcelona, after spending a very successful decade in the Premier League with Manchester City. Here are five things about the Argentine that you might not know.
He’s a lifelong Independiente fan
It was at Argentine club Independiente that Agüero broke through, joining at the age of nine and climbing the ranks rapidly to start playing for the first team. When he left in 2006 to move to Europe, he had spent almost a decade at the club and there was a bond there that remains to this day. When Independiente were relegated in 2013, Agüero considered returning to the club to try to fire them back to the top tier. In the end, he stayed with Manchester City and added to his legendary status there.
He’s a very close friend of Lionel Messi
Agüero arrives at the club that one of his best friends has called home for two decades. The striker has a special bond with Lionel Messi, and they’ve been roommates on Argentina duty since forming part of the victorious squad at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship. At senior level, they’ve played together for Argentina 77 times and counting. Agüero has said that Messi is like a brother to him, while the Barcelona captain is also the godfather to the former Manchester City player’s son Benjamin.
He’s inextricably tied to Maradona
Agüero has often been compared to and is closely connected to Diego Maradona. ‘Kun’ broke the legendary number 10’s long-standing record as the youngest player to feature in Argentina’s top division, aged just 15 years, one month and five days. Agüero later married Maradona’s daughter Gianinna, having a son – Benjamin. Benjamin’s is Agüero’s son, Maradona’s grandson and Messi’s godchild. That’s quite something!
He has a Lord of the Rings-inspired tattoo in Elvish
The centre-forward has a tattoo on his right forearm that is inspired by JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, written in the fictional Elvish language. However, he admitted in an interview in 2019 that he still hadn’t seen the movies and that he doesn’t know what the words inked on his arm are supposed to mean!
He had a brief music career!
Early in his playing career, the Argentine band Los Leales performed a song titled ‘Kun Agüero’ in which Sergio featured. His role was more than just a cameo, as the song starts with Agüero singing the entire first verse. The song is of the cumbia genre, a popular type of music in South America that the player has often said that he likes.