Atletico Madrid’s retention of Sergio Aguero was seen as a priority by the Spanish club last summer, with Europe’s biggest spenders interested in signing the Argentine. And rightly so, as he later proved; his attacking prowess and partnership with Diego Forlan proving seminal to Atletico’s La Liga success. The 2008/09 season was Aguero’s third campaign in Spain since signing from Independiente for a club record fee, and many speculate it could prove his last.
Aguero and Forlan have struck a great partnership
Sergio’s agent was at work long before the Atletico players returned for pre-season training. For him, the work never stopped, as Chelsea, Liverpool and Inter Milan were all linked with a move for the striker. Many thought the Spanish club would jump at the chance to cash in on Aguero; however the player and the club decided to maintain the playing situation for another season.
Sergio “Kun” Aguero’s season began far back in early August, when he travelled to Beijing with Argentina’s Olympic squad. The striker played a large role in his nation’s ultimate victory, scoring twice. Both goals came in Argentina’s 3-0 victory over fierce rivals Brazil in the semi-final.
Since taking the reigns as Argentina manager Diego Maradona, Kun’s father-in-law, has presented the 21-year-old with a more predominant role in the side. Aguero has often been utilised as part of a rotation system also involving Lionel Messi and Carlos Tevez. However in Maradona’s various attempts at a more attacking, fluid, style of football, the three have been used together. Needless to say, Aguero has repaid the new coach’s faith with three international goals in an otherwise unsuccessful World Cup qualifying campaign for the Albicelestes.
Kun’s season started in Beijing and the Olympics
Sergio Aguero took to the field in an Atletico shirt 46 times during the 2008/09 campaign. The striker also hit the net on 21 occasions – 17 of those coming in La Liga. Aguero played a pivotal role in the club’s Champions League qualification of last season, and his understanding with Forlan made the side lethal in attack. He was one of the outstanding players in the Spanish season, and he is still eager to develop his abilities further.
Aguero is still at the tender age of 21, and his club and country have high hopes for his astoundingly promising future. With another close season now upon us, the media will not cease to speculate about his future, until he is either sold or has his contract renewed. Kun also made a huge impact in his debut Champions League season, scoring three times in the club’s opening two European fixtures.
Aguero stepped up to the plate in La Liga
Aguero has always impressed with the fluidity of his movement, link-up play, ball control, dribbling, finishing and the list goes on. However, unlike many players of his attacking counterparts, Aguero’s quality is reflected in his stats. For the 2008/09 campaign, his figures make impressive reading:
|Atlético Madrid||Spanish Copa del Rey||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Argentina||Men’s Olympic Tournament||5||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|Atlético Madrid||Spanish Primera División||34||3||17||9||91||36||28||83||3||0|
|Atlético Madrid||UEFA Champions League||6||2||3||1||10||5||11||12||1||0|
|Argentina||World Cup Qualifying – CONMEBOL||5||2||3||0||11||5||9||16||0||0|
|2008/09 Season Totals||51||7||25||10||112||46||48||111||5||0|
So, it seems, Sergio Aguero has had yet another all-round impressive season. He has not gone hiding in big games, and that is shown with his brace in Atletico’s 4-3 defeating of Barcelona. The Argentine has delivered on all fronts, in all competitions, and can look forward to another season in the spotlight come August. Although he must make it through another busy summer of interminable transfer rumours, and decide where his future lies.
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