Sergio Aguero preferred not to dwell on the fact he had played his final game for Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium after scoring twice against Everton, while an emotional Pep Guardiola paid tribute to the departing striker, saying: “We cannot replace him.”
City’s record goalscorer bade a fairytale farewell to the ground he has graced for the past decade by coming off the bench to hit a quickfire double in the Premier League champions’ emphatic 5-0 win on Sunday.
The brace took the 32-year-old’s club tally to 260 ahead of one potential last appearance in the Champions League final against Chelsea next Saturday.
Aguero, who has won five Premier League titles, told Sky Sports: “Before the game, I felt so strange, the sensation is not good. I prefer to think about the good moments.
“I’m a striker, my target is to score goals, so I’m so happy because it’s my last game and to score two goals is fantastic for me.
“When I came here the first title for me was the most important, for the club and for me. Then Man City started to win more titles so I’m so happy because it’s not easy to be 10 years at one club, for me, it’s an honour.”
Manager Pep Guardiola also paid an emotional tribute to the Argentinian, whose goals completed a rout after earlier strikes from Kevin De Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus and Phil Foden.
He said: “We love him so much – he is a special person for all of us. We cannot replace him. He showed his quality in those 30 minutes.
“It was a perfect end, a fairytale moment. It was so good.
“He made an incredible two goals to finish the game in a good mood and now we have five days to prepare for the final.”