Just days after Sergio Aguero sunk Bayern Munich with a stunning hat-trick, The Daily Mail have revealed the German giants once turned down the chance to sign the Argentine striker.
Back in 2006 Bayern had shown an interest in a 17-year-old Aguero, only to decide he was in fact too lazy, and not worth the £12million asking price.
Eight years on the Manchester City star is proving to be one of the deadliest finishers in world football, and on Tuesday night he made sure the Germans regretted their decision.
On Tuesday night City found themselves trailing 2-1 as Bayern looked to extend the perfect Champions League group stage record.
That was until two late goals from Aguero turned the game on it's head and ensured the Etihad team still have a chance of progressing to the knock-out stage of the competition.
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Bayern were one of the first to spot the potential of the Independiente youngster, but then general manager, Uli Hoeness baulked at the asking price, eventually offering just £4million.
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, a colleague of Hoeness, was keen to pursue a deal, explaining that: "He (Aguero) wouldn't be a bargain, but he is very talented. We need to get in before the Italians and the Spaniards, otherwise it will be seriously expensive."
Rummenigge's persistence convinced Hoenss to check the young striker out first hand, but he was less than impressed with what he saw, saying: "'His team mates were
warming up, and Aguero was just leaning on the fence. The only thing he did in the whole game was to win and score a penalty."
Still, Hoeness agreed to send then first team coach Felix Magath to cast his eye, but the German coach returned with a scathing verdict.
"Never waste my free time again, it's too precious to watch a player who does nothing but stand around for the whole game," he said.
Aguero would eventually sign for Atletcio Madrid in the same year, and after establishing himself as one of the hottest young strikers in Europe, City forked out a reported £38million to take him to England.
Three years on the pint-sized striker is a two-time league winner, scoring an infamous last minute goal in the final game of the 2011/2012 season to secure City's first Premier League title.
If his goal scoring record since arriving in Manchester, 90 in 138 games, wasn't enough to make Bayern regret the verdict of Magath and Hoeness, Aguero's match-winning performance on Tuesday night certainly would have been.
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