Sergio AgueroSergio Aguero was just trying to help, and this is the thanks he gets?

The Manchester City star offered to buy five players (and pay their salaries) for Argentine soccer club Independiente. The seven-time Copa Libertadores winner never bothered to respond to its former striker’s phone call, according to ESPN.

“Sergio Aguero offered to buy five players and pay their salaries,” Aguero’s father Leon reportedly told Solo Rojo. “We asked Carlos Squeo [assistant to manager Miguel Angel Brindisi] for a list of players.

“We don’t know what players they want because no-one called back. Not Squeo, not Brindisi. [There is] No leadership. I feel there is a slight against Sergio.”

Aguero made his name with Independiente between 2003-06. He made his debut at age 15, becoming the youngest player to ever appear in a Primera Division (Argentina’s first division) game. He scored 23 goals in 54 games and became a youth international before Independiente sold him to Spain’s Atletico Madrid for €23 million ($30.5 million) in 2006. Aguero has since progressed to multimillionaire status, as he is one of the top earners at the Premier League’s richest club.

Meanwhile, Independiente has fallen on hard times after it suffered relegation for the first time in its 109-year history. In July, club president Javier Cantero told members that there was no money for transfers. The announcement sparked a riot.

Aguero’s offer is one of the most extraordinary soccer stories in recent memory. The shock of the offer itself is only topped by the fact that Independiente neither accepted it nor even returned the phone call.

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