When contemplating the Premier League’s all-time elite goalscorers, names like Alan Shearer, Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard, Thierry Henry, Michael Owen and Robbie Fowler come to mind. But as a result of Machester City’s 6-1 thrashing of Huddersfield on the weekend, a new name should be added to the list – Sergio Aguero.
Aguero’s hat-trick in Manchester City’s 6-1 win took his tally to a jaw-dropping 146 goals in just 208 games and saw him usurp former Manchester United and Arsenal star Robin Van Persie and draw level with legend Teddy Sheringham in the league’s top 10 goalscorers of all time.
Aguero’s former coach Manuel Pellegrini claimed he was capable of challenging Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to become the best player in the world and if it wasn’t for injuries plaguing his career, who knows where the 30-year-old would be. Throughout his time in the sky blue of Manchester City, Aguero has continued to do what he does best: score goals.
City’s all-time leading scorer is in his eighth season in the Premier League and despite only claiming a lone golden boot award, has scored 20 Premier League goals in six of his previous campaigns, including the last four. Last season, he scored 21 goals in the Premier League despite missing 13 games to incredibly make the PFA Team of the Year, astoundingly for the first time. He only finished behind Harry Kane (30 goals) and Mohammed Salah (32 goals) in the goal charts last season.
Aguero will always be remembered in Premier League history for his 2012 title-winning goal against Queens Park Rangers deep in injury time but it is time his contributions to his club and the league is truly recognised.
Statistics prove that he is one of the greatest goal scorers that the Premier League has ever seen and he has already scored more goals than any player born outside Europe. It was his ninth Premier League hat-trick on the weekend and only one man (Alan Shearer) has scored more. What is more remarkable is that it was his fourth hat-trick in the past 11 months.
And let’s also not forget that he has spearheaded his club to three Premier League titles during his seven seasons in England.
At just 30, Aguero may still have a number of years left in the English top tier and should he remain fit and firing, he could continue his ascension up the all-time goalscorers list.
The only one active player that sits ahead of Aguero in the rankings is Bournemouth’s Jermain Defoe, who is in seventh spot with a mere 16 goals more than the Argentine and is struggling for game time ahead of Callum Wilson and Josh King.
Should Aguero is amongst the favourites to be Premier League top goalscorer with free bet no deposit sites, and should he continue to find the back of the net he will soon write his name alongside the greats of all time, which is where he belongs.
The only names that would sit above of him would be the who’s who of Premier League goalscoring: Alan Shearer (260), Wayne Rooney (208), Andrew Cole (187), Frank Lampard (177) and Thierry Henry (175).