Q&A with Argentina striker Sergio Aguero
Posted: 3 June 2014 Time: 14:09
Sergio Aguero is interviewed by … Sergio Aguero about the most skillfull player in the Argentina squad, what Nigeria will hold and marking himself.
Let’s start with an easy one … who’s going to win the World Cup?
What a difficult question… World Cups are always difficult, but of course I hope that Argentina will win.
But you’re confident Argentina can win, right?
Of course we are confident.
But, as you know, Brazil, Spain and Germany are also pretty strong…
Yeah they’re all good teams. But games are there to be won.
Don’t you think that Argentina’s group is quite easy?
No! Don’t believe it! At the World Cup there are no easy games.
If you fail to score in the group stage, can you keep believing that you will score in the knockout stage?
Yes, because that’s already happened to me! It happened in Beijing at the Olympic games. I was in the starting XI throughout the group stage and I didn’t score. Then in the quarter-finals I didn’t score either but the manager believed in me in me. And in the semi-finals I scored twice. And on top of that, against Brazil! So I know I will believe in myself because I have already experienced that exact situation. You have to stay calm and believe that the goals will come. You might also score loads of goals in the group stage and then none in the latter stages. Football is a strange game.
Who has the best tricks with the ball in the Argentina squad? Messi, Di Maria or you?
Messi. As you know, the answer is Messi.
You once said that your dream was to be like Leo Messi. Do you think that you’re close to reaching his level? And do you think that one day we’ll be the greatest player in the world?
Let’s hope. But hang on a minute, I don’t dream about being like Messi… because he dreams about being like me! (Laughs)
Nigeria are in our group, a team that you faced back in 2005 in the Youth World Cup in Holland. What can you tell us about them?
Yeah, that’s true. I won a penalty. I always remind Messi that we won thanks to me, because it was me who won the penalty! I was very young and it was all very new to me. I learned a lot and played in a few games, including the final against Nigeria.
You won the Youth World Cup again in 2007…
Yes, I was 18 and it was my first year at Atlético Madrid, which hadn’t gone too well. I got a call from the manager Hugo Tocalli and I said “OK, I’ll go. But we have to win” and he said “that’s why I’m calling you, because we have to win it”. Lots of people told me not to go because it was a step down. At that stage I’d already won two caps playing for the senior team. But I had a good feeling that it would go well. It also really helped me to go back to Atlético Madrid as a more confident player and the following season went really well for me in Spain.
You won the Golden Boot in 2007.
And the Golden Ball!
Do you believe that you can win the Golden Boot at the World Cup in Brazil?
Of course I could win it! It’s there to be won. We could also win the World Cup but it won’t be easy!
What’s your first memory of the World Cup?
I remember watching the 1998 World Cup in my neighbourhood and when Argentina beat England in the quarter-finals, I started jumping on the table. And in 2006 I remember thinking that it would be amazing to be there…
Is there a skill you’ve seen another player do that you’ve wanted to try and copy?
No. Well, I always wanted to try and copy the step-over. But one day I tried to do it in training and I just fell over so I stopped trying to do it. Now I just play my own game.
If you had to mark yourself, how would you try and stop yourself?
I can’t tell people that. I have to keep that a secret or else I’ll be helping the defenders. So it’s better not to say anything at all