Sergio Aguero's father Leonel El Castillo has called into question the authenticity of Pep Guardiola's tear-filled tribute to the striker after his last ever Premier League game.
The 33-year-old announced he would be leaving Manchester City at the end of last season in March and was recently unveiled as a Barcelona player, joining forces with long-term pal and international teammate Lionel Messi.
Guardiola is thought to have told Aguero that City would not be renewing his contract in February, ensuring the last few months of his decade long stint at the Etihad was littered with emotional goodbye messages and thanks for his efforts.
Aguero signed off in fitting fashion during his final Premier League game, bagging a brace in the 5-0 rout over Everton, meaning he leaves the club having scored 260 goals in 390 appearances.
After the game, during an interview with Sky Sports, Guardiola struggled to hold back tears as he tried to convey just how much Aguero meant to everyone associated with the club.
Guardiola claimed: "We love him so much – he is a special person for all of us. We can not replace him."
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His warm words were not met with a great reception by those closest to Aguero though, with his father belittling the tribute during an interview with Argentinian station Radio La Red, where he said: "I don't believe his tears. No, I don't. For me, he never wanted [Aguero]."
Leonel was asked if he thought the tears were merely for the camera, to which he replied: "Of course. He always wants to be the main man and not the players."
"I don't believe in Guardiola. He never wanted the Champions League trophy, he wants to be the protagonist of all the teams."
"There are things about Guardiola, he is a great coach. But from one day to the next the players change you, the environment changes. You never know if you are a starter or not."
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