Sergio Aguero reveals the evening he turned off Bayern Munich scouts to create Man City history – Alex Brotherton

Sergio Aguero is undeniably one of the most important figures in the long and proud history of Manchester City football club.

At the end of his first season with the Blues, he scored the goal that secured the club’s maiden Premier League title and first top-flight crown in 44 years.

Over a glorious decade in Manchester he scored an incredible 260 goals in 390 appearances, making him City’s all-time leading goalscorer. With five Premier League winner’s medals to his name, few footballers are as decorated as him.

In short, not many City players have touched the lives of as many supporters as Aguero did. Yet it could have all been so very different.

As we all know, Kun is a pretty fun-loving guy. It meant that in a Twitter Q & A session he held on Tuesday, he did not hold back in honestly answering any question that came his way from him.

There were the usual inquiries about his favorite goals, the toughest defenders he has faced and the most important titles he has won. But one follower posed an unusual query that prompted a fascinating response from Aguero.

@bayernargentina – a Bayern Munich fan club in Argentina – posted an image of the cover of Argentine sports newspaper hellowith Aguero as the cover star, from April 18, 2006. The headline translated as: ‘Aguero goes to Bayern Munich’, with the subtitle explaining that the then 17-year-old was being eyed up by the Bavarian giants.

Of course, Aguero never went to Bayern, and @bayernargentina wanted to know why.

Aguero explained that around that time Bayern sent scouts to watch him play for his boyhood side Independiente against Estudiantes on matchday 15 of the Argentinian top flight.

The game in question took place on April 16 – two days before the hello scoop. In Aguero’s own words, the young striker played “horrible” that day, with his side suffering a resounding 0-3 loss.

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According to Aguero, what the Bayern scouts saw of him that day completely turned them off making a move for him. Instead, another young Argentine caught their eye.

‘”ose Sosa loved it, they bought him,’ Aguero said in his tweet.

Sosa was operating as Estudiantes’ number 10 that day, playing behind a strike duo of Mariano Pavone and Jose Luis Calderon. Though Sosa did not score, he made such an impression that just over a year later Bayern paid £8m to take him to Europe.

Aguero was instead snapped up in 2006 by Atletico Madrid and it’s fair to say that the two attackers enjoyed differing fortunes.

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Sosa tallied just two goals and four assists in 53 games for Bayern before returning to Estudiantes on loan two years later. After that he played for Napoli, Metalist, Atletico Madrid, Besiktas, AC Milan and Trabzonspor. Since 2020 he has played for Turkish side Fenerbache.

Aguero meanwhile went from strength to strength at Atletico, before rising to the very top of the game at City.

Sliding doors moments are everywhere in football, but it is fascinating to think how the City we see today might have turned out differently had Aguero gone Bayern in 2006. City might have signed him in 2011 anyway, but who knows?

More than that, it’s incredible to think that Aguero began to set the course of City’s future by playing badly.

Can you think of any other sliding doors moments in City’s history? Follow our City Is Ours writer Alex Brotherton on Twitter to get involved in the discussion and give us your thoughts in the comments section below.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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