Exactly a decade on from his legendary last-gasp winner that secured the club their first Premier League title, Manchester City honoured Sergio Aguero with a statue outside the Etihad Stadium on Friday.
The 33-year-old, who called time on his playing career last November due to heart problems, notched 260 goals in 390 games during his 10-year association with City, making him the club’s leading goalscorer of all time.
The most famous of his strikes, though, is undoubtedly his stoppage-time winner against Queens Park Rangers in the dying moments of the 2011/12 season.
It’s only fitting, then, that Aguero’s statute should immortalise that moment – which ultimately saw City lift the title at the expense of fierce rivals Manchester United.
While the inspiration behind the statue was apt, its execution left much to be desired.
Within minutes of its unveiling, City’s tribute to Aguero was being mocked on social media as fans suggested it looked more like Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos than the Argentine striker.
As if that wasn’t enough, rival fans were quickly presented with more ammunition with which to ridicule City after footage of the attendance for the unveiling of the statue went viral.
Aguero himself made the trip to the Etihad for the ceremony, but footage from the event on Friday morning showed that only a modest number of City fans joined him for the celebration.
In a clip taken from the club’s official TikTok account, Aguero can be seen greeting a relatively small gathering of supporters outside the stadium. In truth, we’d be surprised if the total number of fans present exceeded double figures.
You can check out the video for yourself below.
Watch: Aguero greets surprisingly small gathering of Man City fans at the unveiling of his statue at the Etihad Stadium
Greatest goal scorer in your clubs history and I’ve seen better atmosphere in a kebab shop at the end of a night out https://t.co/P83GtCtwG5— A🤾🏽♂️🇫🇷 (@Akzyy) May 14, 2022
The size of City’s fanbase is frequently the subject of jokes from supporters of other teams, with the club’s stadium jokingly referred to as the ‘Emptyhad’ due to a number of games where the ground has appeared far from sold out.
Those same fans wasted little time in gloating at the sparse nature of the turnout for Aguero’s big moment. Here’s a look at the best of their reaction.
In fairness to City supporters, a meet-and-greet opportunity with Aguero was never advertised, nor is 9:30am on a weekday the ideal time for a trip to the Etihad, especially for those with work commitments.
With that said, we’d still have expected slightly more fuss for one of the greatest players ever to pull on a shirt for the club.
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