Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - By JOE BRAY

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

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