Sergio Aguero preferred not to dwell on the fact he had played his final game for Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium after scoring twice against Everton.
City’s record goalscorer bade a fairytale farewell to the ground he has graced for the past decade by coming off the bench to hit a quickfire double in the Premier League champions’ emphatic 5-0 win on Sunday.
The brace took the 32-year-old’s club tally to 260 ahead of one potential last appearance in the Champions League final against Chelsea next Saturday.
“I’m a striker, my target is to score goals, so I’m so happy because it’s my last game and to score two goals is fantastic for me.
“When I came here the first title for me was the most important, for the club and for me. Then Man City started to win more titles so I’m so happy because it’s not easy to be 10 years at one club, for me it’s an honour.”
Manager Pep Guardiola also paid an emotional tribute to the Argentinian, whose goals completed a rout after earlier strikes from Kevin De Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus and Phil Foden.
He said: “We love him so much – he is a special person for all of us. We can not replace him. He showed his quality in those 30 minutes.
“It was a perfect end, a fairytale moment. It was so good.
“He made an incredible two goals to finish the game in a good mood and now we have five days to prepare for the final.”
The atmosphere at the Etihad was a celebratory one with fans returning to the ground for the first time this season and City presented with the trophy after the game.
The post-match ceremonies also included a special tribute to Aguero in recognition of his career but, as Guardiola pointed out, there is still time for one last chapter.
Asked if Aguero could play against Chelsea in Porto, Guardiola said: “Of course. We have five substitutions. He has a special feeling, he has something special.
“Of course he will be ready if we need him to help us win the Champions League.”
City will now wrap up celebrations and turn their attention to completing their European quest.
“Then we will have a day off and then we have two or three days to prepare for the final.”
Everton had begun the afternoon with a chance of qualifying for Europe but manager Carlo Ancelotti accepted his side were completely overwhelmed.
“It was a difficult afternoon,” said Ancelotti, whose side missed a penalty at 2-0 through Gylfi Sigurdsson. “It is almost impossible to compete with them, they are the best team. It was difficult. We tried to compete but today was not the day.
“We had the ability to come back into game with the penalty but in the second half there was no chance to come back.”
The result left Everton a disappointing 10th in the table but Ancelotti remained positive.
Ancelotti said: “We have improved compared to last season but now we have to look forward to be competitive and get more points next season.”