Sergio Aguero says he wants to win the World Cup with Argentina and become the best player in the world.
The Manchester City striker says winning the tournament is his “dream” and that realizing it would go a long way towards securing him legendary status within the game.
When asked if he feels like a ‘crack’ (a Spanish term for a great player), Aguero told La Nation: “Let’s see. I don’t know about that, but I do my best to be one of the best players in the world.
"My dream is to win the World Cup and then be the best player in the world. That would remain in history.”
Describing his role within the Argentina team, Aguero explained his goal is to take some of the pressure off Lionel Messi, whose No. 10 shirt he recently had the honor of wearing thanks to the Barcelona attacker's current injury problems.
“Messi has a heavier load because everybody expects more [from him],” Aguero said. “I am there to help Leo carry all that responsibility in the national team and also to help the team. We have to divide the responsibility between a few of us. The people want more from us and that’s good. We have to give the maximum to please the people."
But Aguero is under no illusions about keeping hold of the historic kit number.
“That [No.10] shirt has an owner," he said. "Somebody had to use the No.10 [against Peru] and Leo asked me to wear it. But some people even wrote to me [afterwards] and said, ‘What are you doing with the 10?’ I told them that the shirt has an owner and that’s Leo. I used it because somebody has to use it for now.”
The 25-year-old was also quick to dispel any rumors about a possible departure from Manchester City, citing his contentment there as a central reason for his continual improvement as a player.
“The truth is that I’m happy,” he said. “The club treats me very well. It’s very calm - it’s different to being in Spain or Argentina. I’ve always said that in every match, watching or training, you learn things. It’s like in any job, you know what to do or not to do.
"The same happens on the pitch. You think where you have to attack, where you feel comfortable inside the area - it’s like you read where you can make the center backs feel uncomfortable. You are always improving. English football, for example, being so fast, it allows you to develop your concentration and refine your technique. So every day you’re learning and I feel that I still have plenty to learn."
England provides a more relaxed atmosphere than if he were playing in his homeland or in Spain, Aguero said.
“The only thing I do is enjoy football, rest, be at home and then go out or walk around or eat in peace. For a player or anybody who is well-known, it’s good not to be afraid of the madness because later, when it’s time to play, it’s important to have a clear head.”