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Sergio Aguero was the "was the worst trainer in the history of training" during his early days at Manchester City, but when it came down to finishing it was "game over".
Those are the words of former City defender Micah Richards, who played alongside Aguero between 2011 and 2015, lifting the Premier League title alongside him in 2012.
Richards detailed his love for his former colleague earlier this year, but admitted that he was left shocked by his attitude in training in comparison to competitive fixtures.
Also mentioning his initial doubts over the transfer in general, the respected pundit spoke about just how big of an impact the Argentina forward would go on to have – despite his efforts in training.
Richards told BBC Sport : "From the moment he came through the door, you are in awe.
"You have that feeling of 'wow'. The only other time I had that was when Robinho came through the door.
"For us growing up, Shaun Goater or Nicolas Anelka was a big thing – so when Aguero comes, you can't believe this is happening. He was the worst trainer in the history of training.
"He had that laid-back style. Aguero would just walk around. Sometimes he wouldn't even have his boots tied up. But the moment it came to the finishing, it was game over."
All-time leading Premier League scorer Alan Shearer also had kind things to say about the South American forward, thanking him for the decade of entertainment he provided.
He said: "Class, quality, goals, touch technique. Just a wonderful all-round centre forward who has been brilliant for Manchester City and the Premier League.
"He will always be remembered for that last-ditch goal that won City the title in 2012, arguably the most famous goal in Premier League history. That's what sets the quality forwards apart – they look so calm.
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"If you wanted the ball to fall to anyone in that moment, it would have been Aguero.
"City needed something, someone special to give them that piece of magic and that's what he delivered when they most needed him. He was a quality killer, a quality marksman.
"We should admire him and respect him for what he has done for our league. It has been a joy to watch him. All we can say is thank you for the entertainment he has given us."
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