I didn’t think Aguero was any­thing spe­cial - Richards

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - By SI­MON BAJKOWSKI

SER­GIO Aguero added to his out­stand­ing legacy when he claimed two more Premier League records with three goals at As­ton Villa.

The City striker over­took Thierry Henry to be­come the most pro­lific over­seas player in the his­tory of the com­pe­ti­tion and now also has more hat-tricks than Alan Shearer and any­body else to have played in the league.

Even those that took a goal Aguero scored on de­but with the Blues – a lovely strike against Swansea – as an in­di­ca­tion he was go­ing to be a ter­rific sign­ing can­not have fore­cast he would go on to have such an in­cred­i­ble ca­reer.

And his team-mates at the time, in­clud­ing Micah Richards, cer­tainly did not get the fuss about the Ar­gen­tine.

“We had spent a lot of money on him – around £35m – and he had ar­rived with a big rep­u­ta­tion, but in those first few ses­sions he did not look par­tic­u­larly spe­cial,” Richards said.

“It is not as if I was ex­pect­ing him to be drib­bling past four or five play­ers, but I was mark­ing him a lot of the time and he did not re­ally do any­thing at all.

“He looked lethar­gic and was ac­tu­ally quite lazy if I am be­ing to­tally hon­est. I was won­der­ing what all the hype was about. I did not re­alise just how good he re­ally was un­til he played his first game for us. He came alive in matches, and ev­ery­thing about him was dif­fer­ent.”

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