Every football fan across the globe will, at one time or another, have felt that panging sense of despair when their best player leaves the club.
This hollow feeling of loss is one that Manchester City may find themselves feeling in the not too distant future.The jewel in their expensively assembled crown, Sergio Aguero, has been linked to a move to Real Madrid.
Aguero has been the poster boy for Premier League consistency during his spell at the Etihad, notching a scarcely believable 114 goals from just 170 games.
However, the emergence of Gabriel Jesus as a potential, long term replacement, has cast some doubt around Aguero’s longevity in Manchester.
While Jesus’ injury has left the door ajar for Aguero’s return, the feeling that he is ready for a move is unshakeable. Two points bring this theory into stark focus.
First, is the fact that he is not the typical forward that Guardiola has utilised too much in the past. Guardiola prefers a highly skilled, jack-of-all-trades, like a Lewandowski or a Messi, rather than a simple goal plunderer.
Second is the lure of Real Madrid. The pulling power of the Spanish giants is matched only by the Death Star’s tractor beam. As City’s cross-town rivals have found to their detriment, sooner or later Real Madrid get their man.
Aguero recently stated his position in the non-committal manner only footballers can, saying “My intention is to stay but it is a long way away.”
If and when the little Argentinian leaves these shores he will certainly be remembered as one of the finest players ever to grace the English game.