Pellegrini: Aguero could be Man City's Messi

Pellegrini: Aguero could be Man City's Messi
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Published May 9th, 2015 - 19:00 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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Manuel Pellegrini believes Sergio Aguero can become Manchester City's very own Lionel Messi as the club seek to close the gap to Barcelona in the coming years.

The recently deposed Premier League champions were eliminated from the Champions League by Barca earlier this season, with Luis Enrique’s side triumphing 3-1 on aggregate, while Messi turned in a virtuoso performance as the Catalan giants defeated Bayern Munich in the semi-final first leg earlier this week.

Pellegrini concedes that City must find a player of similar ability to Messi, and believes Aguero - who has scored 28 goals in all competitions this season - can match the Argentine superstar.

"First we need to find another Messi," he told reporters. "He makes the difference, like [Cristiano] Ronaldo at Real Madrid. The project at this club is to improve every year, to grow every year as a club, in all senses, in every department, young players, the first team.

"It's not easy to compare the whole history. This club in the last seven years has [had] the amount of money you need to compete with Barca, Madrid, Bayern, Manchester United.

"The most important teams in the world can spend more money and have the best players. Maybe a lot of people are nervous because you don’t do it in three, four, five years. All these projects need a long time and every year you must show that you are growing and improving.

When asked about Aguero, Pellegrini added: "We have a very important player in Kun and we also have other good players. They [Barcelona] do too. It’s not only Messi, they have [Luis] Suarez, Neymar, [Sergio] Busquets, [Andres] Iniesta. Real Madrid and Bayern can say six good players.

"It’s important for Kun the same way to improve every year, to play all the games. Maybe next year we’ll see another Kun [Aguero] because he is working, growing every year. I hope he will be as important here as those players are at Barca."

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