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Tuesday 20 February 2018

Aguero inspired by Maradona

The evidence of what it means to be a folk hero in a sky-blue city starved of success ought to be well known to Sergio Aguero, after his four months in Manchester, but the frayed images of Diego Maradona -- which you will still find on walls and lamposts in this city -- tell a different story, writes Ian herbert

Maradona was not here to receive his son-in-law Aguero last night. He is in Buenos Aires mourning the death of his mother, for which Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini sent his own respects.

For the City striker Aguero, Maradona's heroics are an achievement to aspire to. "It's definitely my dream, to do what Maradona did for Napoli," he said last night. "But I don't want to talk about individuals. He did not tell me how to play this game but in the past he told me everything about Napoli and I saw on TV all he did for Napoli, how important he was for the fans."

For now though, a very significant 90 minutes on this particular sky blue journey. "I will not be nervous, I will enjoy playing on this pitch," Aguero concluded. "Maradona did very well here and I will just think of him doing the same."

Irish Independent

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