Sergio Aguero is Manchester City’s all-time leading goalscorer, four times a Premier League champion, and also scored one of the most memorable goals in the history of the division.
Yet the little Argentine doesn’t seem to receive the plaudits he deserves.
Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry and Wayne Rooney are often named ahead of him whenever there is talk of ‘who is the greatest Premier League striker?’
And it is difficult to understand exactly why he hasn’t earned the acclaim that others have.
Does the money spent by City mean the performances of their big names are taken for granted? Or is it because, apart from that title-winning goal in 2012, Aguero doesn’t consistently produce something out of the ordinary.
Another potential explanation could be that he doesn’t express his personality like other undisputed greats of the division.
If you look at Cristiano Ronaldo and Henry, not only did they light up the division with their flair and skill, they also had an air of arrogance about them which arguably made them more likeable to the media and the public.
Aguero ‘just’ scores goals – and this may be working against him and his Premier League legacy.
Eight years on from his arrival in England, the Argentine is as lethal as ever, topping the scoring charts with six goals in his opening four matches this term.
talkSPORT.com has crunched the numbers to prove just how good Aguero is and why he has a huge case to claim he is one of the Premier League’s very best.
Let’s start with the league goals. Aguero has 170, only five behind Henry (175) and 17 behind Andy Cole (187), but if he has two more 20-goal seasons he’ll easily surpass Rooney (208) in second on all-time Premier League scorers list.
Shearer’s record of 260 goals may never be surpassed, but if Aguero leapfrogs Rooney and Cole that will cement as legacy as one of the all-time greats.
But it’s not just the sheer amount of goals that makes Aguero one of a kind, it’s the importance of his goals that often goes unnoticed.
The former Atletico marksman has more goals than any other player in history against the ‘Big Six’, having netted 44 times in 67 games.
To give that figure some perspective, Jamie Vardy is second on the list with 31 goals, while Kane and Rooney are both level in third with 23.
Premier League goals against ‘Big Six’ since 2011
1. Sergio Aguero – 44 goals in 67 games
2. Jamie Vardy – 31 goals in 56 games
3. Harry Kane – 23 in 47 games
4. Wayne Rooney – 23 in 56 games
5. Christian Benteke – 19 goals in 64 games
6. Gylfi Sigurdsson – 19 goals in 75 games
7. Robin van Persie – 18 goals in 31 games
8. Theo Walcott – 18 goals in 59 games
9. Sadio Mane – 18 goals in 50 games
10. Eden Hazard – 17 goals in 66 games
Since he made the switch to City from Atletico in 2011, no player has scored more goals than he has (Kane is 40 behind) – and he also tops the list in terms of goal involvements, with Romelu Lukaku and Kane 65 and 68 behind respectively.
He also has the best minutes-per-goal ratio, finding the net on average every 107 minutes, with Kane (117), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (119), Salah (120) and Henry (122) making up the top five.
It’s incredible to think a man who has led the way in the greatest team the Premier League has seen for the last decade has only been named in the PFA Team of the Year twice.
But it will undoubtedly be easier to gauge Aguero’s standing among the rest after he leaves for good.
For now though, people must drink in the talent of the nifty Argentine while he still dominates the division – because we may never see a more lethal finisher in the Premier League again.
- Aguero has the second most Premier League goal involvements (goals and assists combined) with 214, only Alan Shearer has more (324)
- Aguero has scored 170 league goals, he is now only five behind Thierry Henry (175) and 17 behind Andy Cole (187), with Shearer (260) topping the list
- Aguero has the best minutes-per-goal ratio in Premier League history – every 107 minutes he will score, with Harry Kane (117), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (119), Mohamed Salah (120) and Henry (122) making up the top five
- Aguero has scored with each of his last seven shots on target in the Premier League for Manchester City
- Only three players have ever scored six Premier League goals in a single August: Chris Sutton (1997), Edin Dzeko (2011) and Aguero (2019)
- Aguero has scored 98 league goals at the Etihad Stadium — only Wayne Rooney at Old Trafford (101) and Henry at Highbury (114) have scored more goals at a single venue in the competition’s history
- Aguero has scored 101 goals in 134 games for City in all competitions under Pep Guardiola and 237 goals in 343 appearances for the club in total
Aguero and Man City travel to Norwich on Saturday and you can listen to the match live on talkSPORT