The shirt worn by Sergio Agüero when he scored Manchester City’s title-winning goal against Queens Park Rangers 10 years ago is going under the hammer. The unwashed and champagne-stained No 16 jersey, which bears the name “Kun Agüero” – his childhood nickname – is expected to fetch at least £20,000.
Agüero sent the Etihad Stadium into raptures in the final moments of the last day of the season on 13 May 2012 after finding the net deep in added time, before pulling off the shirt and victoriously whirling it around. That match-winner clinched City’s 3-2 triumph, ensuring they beat Manchester United to the Premier League title on goal difference.
It was City’s first league title since 1968 and prompted the broadcaster Martin Tyler’s “Agüerooo!” commentary line, with the dramatic finale widely considered one of the Premier League’s most memorable moments.
The shirt is due to go for auction at Hansons Auctioneers in Etwall, Derbyshire, on 3 November. David Wilson-Turner, their head of sports memorabilia, said: “It was arguably the most important goal in the club’s history. Former Manchester City player Mario Balotelli asked Agüero for the shirt as a souvenir but left it behind with his bag.”
The collection owner, Neville Evans, said: “After Balotelli left the stadium without his bag – and the shirt – the items were transferred to the club’s training ground. However, they were never claimed. After some time had passed, the former City staff member who found the shirt gifted it to the National Football Shirt Collection via my curator.
“I never planned to sell it but my curator is currently undergoing medical treatment. The auction proceeds will be shared between him and two charities important to him, Testicular Cancer UK and the Stroke Association.”
Agüero retired from football in December 2021 after being diagnosed with a heart condition.