This Friday marks ten years since that May 13, 2012, when a goal by Sergio Agüero against Queens Park Rangers changed the history of Manchester City by giving him his first English league in 44 years. Perhaps the most important goal of the ‘citizen’ club’s career.
For that goal and much more, Kun Agüero, a Barcelona player when he retired in December due to heart problems, is pure City history, their top scorer ever, with 260 goals. And since this Friday, a statue dedicated to the Argentine striker has been displayed at the Etihad.
That goal from Agüero was much more than a goal. And it was much more than a Premier that that afternoon the team led by Roberto Mancini snatched from its neighbor, the then all-powerful United of the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson. It was the first step for City (from Qatari owners since 2008) to enter the elite of European clubs.
On that last day of the 2011-12 Premier, City and United (which defended the title) played for the championship. Manchester’s two eternal rivals were tied at the top of the table. City, first on goal difference, hosted Queens Park Rangers and United visited Sunderland.
Pablo Zabaleta put City ahead, but Queens Park Rangers came from behind thanks to goals from Djibril Cissé and Jamie Mackie. Meanwhile, at the Stadium of Light, Wayne Rooney had advanced to United against Sunderland. Those of Old Trafford, who ended up winning 0-1, caressed the title.
Joey Barton was sent off at QPR, but City didn’t score. In the second minute of injury time, Edin Dzeko equalized with a header and, with 40 seconds left, Kun scored, with a powerful kick and after combining with Mario Balotelli, the goal that made City champion, since with 3 -2 overcame United thanks to goal difference.
It was City’s third English league, the first since 1968 (following 1936-37). Then came those of 2013-14, 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2020-21 (the last 3, under the orders of Pep Guardiola, and the ‘citizens’, with three points more than Liverpool, have the fourth with the Catalan coach).
Nothing was again a place in Manchester football since that May 13. Neither the Etihad nor Old Trafford will ever forget that afternoon. Counting the one from then, City has won five Premiers since 2012. United, only one. Throughout history, those at Old Trafford continue to hold the record for English leagues (20, to 19 for Liverpool). City, 7.