Former Manchester City defender Micah Richards has claimed that former teammate Carlos Tevez had more ‘all-round ability to his game than club icon Sergio Aguero.
Speaking on The Match of the Day Top 10 podcast, Richards admitted that whilst Aguero was more a natural goalscorer, his Argentine counterpart had more aspects that made him a more well-rounded player, with Richards playing alongside the duo as they won the 2011/12 Premier League title.
Tevez joined City in a controversial transfer in 2009 as reported by The Guardian as the former West Ham attacker crossed the Manchester divide as he departed Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United for their noisy neighbours a year after the Cityzens were taken over by Sheikh Mansour.
The current Boca Juniors striker spent four seasons with City before moving on to Serie A with Juventus, and for Richards, who was joined by Alan Shearer and Gary Lineker on The Match of the Day Top 10 podcast to discuss the ten most shocking Premier League transfers, he had some surprising words to say on Tevez.
Richards said on his former City teammate when asked about Tevez’s move to the club: “Oh, wow. What a player! For all-round ability, he is above Sergio Aguero, who is more of a natural goalscorer. Tevez had more to his game; he could link the play and play anywhere in the front three positions. He worked a lot harder than anyone else.”
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Richard’s comments on Tevez were surprising, to say the least, yet there is some truth to his claims, with the now 37-year-old striker being regarded in his prime years for his energy on the ball and his ability to break through defences with ease despite his average size, but these points can’t take away just how phenomenal Aguero has been to both City and the Premier League.
Currently the highest-scoring foreigner in the English top-flight, the former Atletico Madrid star has been a sensation since joining City in the summer of 2011, and with Aguero set to leave the club at the end of this season via BBC Sport, the blue side of Manchester will likely look back on the 32-year-old striker with much fonder memories than that of Tevez.