Sergio “Kun” Agüero is a man of many interests, but he does one thing phenomenally well: score goals. Quickly and often. And he’s been doing it from a very young age.
Agüero made his professional debut with Independiente in his native Argentina at the age of 15 — the youngest player to appear in the first division. Seven months later, he became the youngest player to appear in a Copa Libertadores match. By the time he left for Atlético Madrid at 18 in 2006, he had tallied 23 goals in 54 club appearances, and set a hypersonic goalscoring pace that persists to this day.
Now in England — where he has captured two Premier League titles and a League Cup with Manchester City — “Kun” is the focal point of an often ferociously aggressive attack. With 12 goals in just 11 appearances this season, he’s off to a Ballon d’Or-caliber start.
Agüero’s track record is proof that for him, scoring is habitual. In competitions ranging from Libertadores and Copa del Rey to La Liga and the Premier League, he puts numbers on the board with such a voracious appetite, it appears to be some kind of addiction. Like he couldn’t stop driving the ball into the net, even if he wanted to. Luckily for us, he doesn’t.
Away from the field, Sergio Agüero is the proud subject of Born to Rise, a new biography — a quality one, with a font-size-to-page-number ratio that he can be proud of and a forward written by Lionel Messi. He’s something of an amateur chef, and has even taken on the mighty Rio Ferdinand in a Japanese eating contest and lived to tell about it.
He is the father of an Argentine super baby with ex-wife Giannina Maradona, daughter of noted handball enthusiast, Diego.
Not the typical jock, either, Agüero’s got a respectable nerd streak. He has a healthy gaming habit and sports a tattoo on his right arm of his name translated in Tengwar, the language of the Elves in the Lord of the Rings saga.
Renaissance (fair?) man: literary, gamer, father, possible dork and ravenous goal scorer. Sergio Agüero has lived a hell of a life for a player who is still only 26 years old, and recent performances show he may just be entering his prime. In a year’s time, we could see him much higher on this list after shredding the Premier League record books; replacing it with his own, written in Tengwar.
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