Fergie: “We had a chance to buy Sergio Aguero before he went to Manchester City, but eventually his agent was demanding a price we were not prepared to pay.”
Name: Sergio Aguero
Then: “Kun” Aguero was a risk worth taking for whichever side wanted to break their bank. The young Argentina international had shot onto the scene as a Maradona-esque wonderkid for local side, Independiente. At the age of just 19, Aguero made the £20 million move from his boyhood side to Spanish giants Atletico Madrid. By 2007, Aguero was regarded as the best young player in world football. Both Manchester United and Manchester City were convinced that Aguero had the potential to become one of the world’s top players. However, as Ferguson’s words suggest, £38 million – an English record – seemed a lot even for a player of Aguero’s talent. Money-bags City had no such qualms though, signing their man in July 2011.
Now: Aguuueeerroooooooooo. For Manchester United fans, such a statement will send shivers down their spines. For everyone else, such a sentiment brings great joy. Was Aguero worth all that money? Yes, yes he was. In just 124 league games for City, Aguero has managed an impressive total of 74 goals. In a period where neighbours, United, have been calling out for a consistent and hungry goalscorer, Aguero has won two league titles and the Premier League golden boot. How long he will remain with City is another question entirely…