Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero has become the Premier League’s all-time overseas top goalscorer following his hat-trick in a 6-1 victory over Aston Villa.
Prior to Sunday’s tie, the Argentine forward was just a singular goal behind Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, who ended his Premier League career on 175.
Aguero’s three goals therefore meant he leapfrogged the Frenchman to reach 177, becoming the first non-Englishman to reach that tally.
He also moved up to joint-fourth on the overall list, equalling Frank Lampard’s total, and he will now have Andrew Cole in his sights, with the former England international just 10 strikes ahead of him.
31-year-old Aguero is contracted to City until the end of next season so, as long as he can keep himself fit, he has a great chance of moving his way up the leaderboard, although he would have to sign on for at least a few more years if he is to have any chance of catching Alan Shearer’s record-setting 260.
Speaking after the Villa game, as quoted by the Guardian, manager Pep Guardiola said: “I just want to congratulate him. To achieve this record from incredible legends like Henry and Shearer shows that it is not just for a short period [that Agüero has been scoring], not just one or two seasons.
“It was an honour to be here on the day he achieved that.”
Aguero signed for Manchester City in 2011 as a 23-year-old, joining from Atletico Madrid for a reported club-record fee of up to £38 million.
Since netting twice off the bench on his debut for the club in a victory over Swansea City, Aguero has proven himself to be one of the best strikers to have graced England’s top flight since 1992.
His most memorable moment is no doubt his last-gasp winner against Queens Park Rangers which pinched the Premier League title away from neighbours Manchester United in the most dramatic of circumstances.
That is just one of many special moments in a City shirt, though, having been at the Etihad during a decade full of success.
Along the way, he has collected four Premier League medals, while lifting the EFL Cup four times and the FA Cup once last season – and there’s every chance he will add to that this term.
His current contract with the club was due to expire at the end of the current campaign, but that deal was extended by a year back in 2018.
Aguero’s future with the club beyond that point remains unclear, though, with talk of him potentially returning to his native Argentina for the next stage of his career.
Having been labelled “irreplaceable” by Guardiola, Aguero would be a big loss for City, and after the exit of Vincent Kompany at the end of last season and the pending departure of David Silva in a few months’ time, it would feel like the end of an era.