Manchester City's record goalscorer Sergio Aguero insists he is ready to face a new challenge at the highest level after his departure from the Premier League giants at the end of this season.
The 32-year-old's most famous goal is his stoppage-time winner against Queens Parks Rangers on the final day of the 2011-12 season that clinched the Sky Blues their first league title in 44 years.
A key player in the growth of the Abu Dhabi-owned club as a major force in England and Europe, Aguero has struggled with injuries and COVID-19 over the past year and been restricted to just 14 appearances in all competitions this season.
The penalty he converted against Fulham on March 14 was his 181st goal in the Premier League but his first in the division since January 2020.
Aguero sits behind only Alan Shearer (260), Wayne Rooney (208) and Andy Cole (187) on the all-time scoring list in the Premier League.
In a Twitter post on Tuesday (AEDT) to his 14 million followers, Aguero said he had a "huge sense of satisfaction and pride" about playing for City for a decade and contributing to them earning "a place among the greatest in the world".
Aguero has won four Premier League titles - with a fifth looking likely in his final season as City are 14 points clear with 10 matches to play.
He could still add to his tally of one FA Cup and five League Cups before his departure, while City are in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League.
In the decade since arriving from Atletico Madrid, Aguero has amassed 257 goals in 384 appearances, making him the highest-scoring overseas player in Premier League history.
"Sergio's contribution to Manchester City over the last 10 years cannot be overstated," club chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said.
"His legend will be indelibly etched into the memories of everyone who loves the club and maybe even in those who simply love football."
Al Mubarak said a statue of Aguero has been commissioned to stand alongside those being made to honour the player's former teammates, David Silva and Vincent Kompany.
Aguero, who joined from Atletico Madrid in 2011, scored at least 28 goals in all competitions in six straight seasons for City and has a Premier League-high 12 hat-tricks.
He said he forged "an indestructible bond with all those who love this club - people who will always be in my heart".
"I will continue to give it my utmost for the rest of the season to win more titles and bring more joy to the fans," Aguero said in his Twitter post.
"Then, a new stage with new challenges will begin."
Aguero has previously spoken about returning to Argentina to finish his career with his former club Independiente.