Sergio "Kun" Aguero- The New Maradona!



Sergio Aguero

He is undoubtedly the most promising young talent of those last few years. Sergio Leonel Agüero del Castillo(born on June 2, 1988 in Quilmes, Buenos Aires Province) is an Argentine football Striker, who plays for Atlético Madrid in the Spanish First Division. His nickname, Kun, was born when some classmates noted that his hairdo looked like that of Japanese anime character "Kum Kum."

Sergio Kun Agüero started playing for Argentine First Division Club Independiente becoming the youngest player to debut in the Argentine First Division at 15 years and 35 days (On July 7, 2003, against Club Atlético San Lorenzo), breaking the record previously established by Diego Maradona in 1976. Agüero's performances early in his career, particularly during the 2005 Torneo Apertura, led to him being linked with several European clubs. In April 2006, it was reported that Atlético Madrid had "pulled off a stunning transfer coup in the signing of Independiente striker Sergio Agüero". That same day, Independiente denied the reports, but the player himself later told Argentine television, "Although I still don't know what's going to happen to me, this could have been my last goal and my last game for Independiente". On May 29 2006, it was announced that Atlético Madrid had signed the striker for an undisclosed fee, reported to be around €23 Million, breaking the club's previous transfer record. In 2007-08 Agüero finished third top scorer in La Liga behind Dani Guiza and Luis Fabiano with 20 goals and was runner up in Trofeo Alfredo Di Stefano for best player in La Liga. Since the sale of Fernando Torres to Liverpool F.C. he has become a regular goalscorer for Atlético forming a strong partnership with Uruguayan striker Diego Forlán, also a former Independiente striker. On March 1, 2009, of the 2008-09 season the duo of Forlan and Agüero scored a brace each in a dramatic 4-3 win over league leaders Barcelona. Agüero finished in the top ten runners for the Pichichi Trophy while helping his partner Diego Forlán win the the trophy Atletico finished fourth securing a Champions League spot finishing in 4th place for the second time in row.

Agüero made his senior debut for Argentina in a friendly with Brazil played at Emirates Stadium in England on September 3, 2006. As a teenager, he represented Argentina at three FIFA World Youth Championships. Together with future 2008 Olympics squad teammates Fernando Gago of Real Madrid and Lionel Messi of Barcelona, they won the 2005 edition in the Netherlands. At the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada, he scored twice and helped set up three goals in a 6-0 win over Panama in the second game of the group stage of the tournament. Agüero then scored the only goal in Argentina's third match against North Korea from a free kick. Having qualified to the round of 16, he scored 2 of the 3 goals against Poland that would eventually give them the win (3-1) to advance. Argentina defeated Mexico in the quarter finals and Chile in the semis, and faced the Czech Republic in the finals. Agüero captained and scored the equaliser in the 62nd minute, leading to a 2-1 victory. In addition, Agüero won the Golden Boot for the tournament with his six goals, and the Golden Ball as the best player of the tournament. He scored his first senior goal was against Bolivia in a 3-0 victory. He also scored against Mexico in a 4-1 victory and against Uruguay in a 2-1 victory were Messi and Agüero each scored. Argentina's the big three Messi, Tevez, and Agüero with Atletico teammate Maxi scored to defeat Venenzuela 4-0 to give coach Diego Maradona's first WCQ victory as Argentina's manager As a member of the Argentine squad for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Agüero scored two goals in the semifinal match against Brazil on August 19, 2008.

On 19 February 2009, it was announced that Agüero's fiancée, Giannina Maradona, the younger daughter of Argentine football legend Diego Maradona, had given birth to a son, Benjamin, in Madrid. Maradona was in the Spanish capital for the birth of his first grandson, while Agüero, 20, missed Atlético's training session earlier in the day. Atlético offered their congratulations in a statement on their official website.

Agüero has a tattoo on the inside of his right arm, inscribed in Tengwar (a form of writing invented by J.R.R. Tolkien and used mostly by the Elven People in his works). It translates roughly to "Kun Aguero" in the Latin alphabet