HAT A BOY
AGUERO BREAKS RECORD FOR TREBLES AND MOST LEAGUE GOALS SCORED BY FOREIGN PLAYER IN VILLA THRASHING
SERGIO Aguero admitted he immediately targeted a record breaking hat-trick after becoming the Premier League’s top foreign goalscorer in City’s demolition of Aston Villa.
Aguero’s first two goals against Villa wrote himself into Premier League history as he surpassed Thierry Henry’s record of 175 to become the highest overseas goalscorer.
His hat-trick goal, assisted by the impressive Riyad Mahrez, gave him a second record as he now has one more match-ball than Alan Shearer’s 11.
And Aguero revealed after the game how he knew Shearer’s record was in sight as soon as he broke Henry’s tally with his second goal against Villa.
He told Sky Sports: “I am so happy for the record but thank you to my teammates because they help me in this match. I am so happy.
“It shows when I scored the second, then I think ‘one more I break the record for hat-tricks’. I want to keep scoring more goals but it all depends on my team-mates. If he pass to me, it’s fine. [Mahrez]”
Aguero also moved level with Frank Lampard as the fourth highest Premier League goalscorer, and sits 83 goals behind Shearer as the Premier League’s all-time scorer.
Naturally, Aguero was asked about his chances of reaching that total, and the
City striker said he will do his best to catch
“I will try,” he laughed.
“Too far to
Shearer, he has too many goals so I don’t know. Maybe, I will try.”
PEP Guardiola hopes Sergio Aguero has many more goals in him for City, but admits a decision over his future at the club will be down to the striker.
Aguero’s hat-trick in City’s 6-1 rout of Aston Villa saw him break Thierry Henry’s record as the leading overseas goalscorer in the Premier League, while his 12th treble in the competition saw him overtake Alan Shearer to claim that record too.
The Argentine is now fourth on the list of all-time top scorers in the history of the Premier League, while he also has 249 goals for City, but his Etihad contract expires at the end of next season and Aguero has often spoken of his desire to finish his playing career back in his home country.
At 31 Aguero has many more years left in him, but Guardiola doesn’t know how much longer City will be able to enjoy his goalscoring brilliance.
“It depends on him and the club. It is his decision,” the City boss said of Aguero’s future. “This kind of players there are many in the incredible history of English football, but he is one of them. He helps to make the Premier League better.”
Only Alan Shearer, Wayne Rooney and Andy Cole have scored more Premier League goals than Aguero’s 177 and after he left the Villa Park pitch with the match ball his teammates were quick to congratulate him. “He’s one of the best [strikers], yeah. No doubt,” Guardiola said. “Congratulations to him and all the players congratulate him too in the locker room.
“To achieve this record of an incredible legend like Titi Henry, it is not just one or two seasons, it is a long period, many, many years. The foreign player with the most goals, the most hat-trick, it speaks for itself.
“It’s an honour to be here the day he achieves that.”
Asked how many more, Guardiola said: “It depends on him. I say many times, he will die scoring goals. It is his talent.”
Bruno Fernandes Sergio Aguero with the match ball after his hat-trick against Villa and, below left, the striker scores City’s third
Sergio Aguero takes the match ball after his hat-trick at Villa