Barcelona have completed the signing of Sergio Aguero, who will join on a free transfer once his contract with Manchester City officially ends on June 30.

Aguero travelled to Barcelona following Manchester City’s Champions League final defeat against Chelsea, as he underwent his medical this Monday morning before signing his contract with Barcelona.

Joan Laporta has therefore secured the signature of the Premier League’s record foreign goalscorer, although Aguero has struggled with injuries in the last couple of years.

In the 2020-21 campaign, he made 20 appearances and scored six goals.

During his time at Manchester City, Aguero won 15 pieces of silverware – five Premier League titles, six Carabao Cups, one FA Cup and three Community Shields – and he also became the club’s all-time record goalscorer, netting 260 goals in 390 games.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola gave Aguero an emotional tribute after the Argentine striker’s final league match for the club, a 5-0 win against Everton that he came off the bench to score two goals in.

“We love him so much,” Guardiola said of Aguero.

“He’s a special person. He’s so nice. He helped me a lot … We cannot replace him, we cannot. There are many players in this club – Joe Hart, David Silva [are others] – who helped us to be this club. We have his legacy. He showed his quality in 30 minutes.”

This will be Aguero’s second time playing in Spain, as he made 230 appearances for Atletico Madrid between 2006 and 2011, in which time he scored 100 goals. He also won a Europa League and a European Super Cup.

“I am very happy, I will try to do my best for the club, and help the team win important things. It is an immense joy,” he said at a press conference following his unveiling as a Barcelona player.

“For me, Barca has always been the best team in the world and Leo [Messi] is also there.”

“I told [President Joan] Laporta before that as a boy I said: ‘One day they will surely notice me.’ And here I am. I didn’t imagine it, but anyone runs to sign for Barca.”

He added, “When Barca asked about me, I didn’t even hesitate. I told my agent that I didn’t want him to talk to another team, only Barca.”

“It was an immense joy when they contacted my agent. I’ve been interested since I was 14 years old.”

Aguero hopes Messi decides to stay and is optimistic about the chances of that happening.

“We hope to play together, of course. But we have been negotiating for a long time, these are decisions that Leo will make with the club. It will be a pleasure and pride to play together.”

“I have known him for a long time and I think he will stay.”

He continued, “I speak [to Messi] every day, in the last message he congratulated me. We have known each other for a long time and for me playing now and training with him every day is going to be much easier.”

The former Atletico Madrid star has signed a contract that runs until summer 2023.

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