MICAH RICHARDS: If I had to pick someone to score to save my life, it would be Sergio Aguero every single time… he’s arguably the best striker in Premier League history – up there with Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry
I was in a great mood on Monday night then this news took the wind out of me. I’m devastated.
That was my initial reaction as someone who loves Manchester City and who feels honoured to have played alongside Sergio Aguero. Not only is he an incredible player, he is an incredible person.
Aguero is one of the most humble people you could ever wish to meet. I owe a lot to him personally. For starters, without this man, I wouldn’t be a Premier League title winner!
If I had to pick a player to save my life, I would pick Sergio Aguero every single time
The Argentine is up there with the very best Premier League strikers of all time
Aguero turns 33 in June. Do I believe he’s still got plenty to give? Of course I do. A fully-fit Aguero, even at that age, can score you 15, 20 goals in a season.
This is not a striker who is over the hill, so that’s why this decision is proving difficult for me to accept. This is arguably the best-ever striker to grace the Premier League, up there with Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry.
He hasn’t been pleased with sitting on the substitutes’ bench. He wants to play, and that’s understandable. Now he and the club are parting ways, and I cannot help but feel sad about it all.
Amazingly, when I first trained with him, I wondered what all the fuss over him was about
I provided him with the assist for his first goal vs Swansea, he proved he was special even then
The amazing thing is, I remember wondering what all the fuss was about when he first started training with us after being signed for £36million from Atletico Madrid. In those first couple of sessions, I looked at him and thought: ‘Is he that special?’ But once he crossed that white line and walked on to the pitch in a competitive game, boy did he prove he was special.
I was even lucky enough to provide the assist for his very first City goal, away at Swansea in 2011. I said to him afterwards: ‘Sergio! Where did that come from? In training, I didn’t see this!’ He smiled and said: ‘Training tranquillo! The game is important!’
What a man. If I had to pick someone to score to save my life, it would be Aguero, every single time.