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Breaking records is nothing new to Sergio Aguero - he’s the youngest player to appear in the Argentine top flight, for Independiente, just 35 days after his 15th birthday; and he’s one of only five players to score five times in a single Premier League match, a feat he achieved in just 20 minutes against Newcastle in 2015.
So coming away from Villa Park this weekend with two more records was perhaps nothing out of the ordinary. Aguero scored a hat-trick, the twelfth of his nearly 9 years in the Premier League, taking him beyond the record he shared with Alan Shearer. His goals against Aston Villa also took him past Thierry Henry as the highest scoring non-English player in Premier League history - 177 goals in just 255 games.
Before joining Manchester City, he had five seasons at Atletico Madrid, scoring 74 times in 175 appearances - an impressive return, but maybe not a clear indicator of how prolific he would prove to be in England. But with players alongside him of the guile and quality of David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Stirling, and even Edin Dzeko, Samir Nasri and Carlos Tevez in their pomp, he has continued to thrive, and the next realistic goalscoring achievement on the agenda is to overtake Andrew Cole and become the third highest scorer in Premier League history, behind Wayne Rooney and Shearer. He needs to hit the net 11 more times to surpass Cole’s 187 - could it happen before the end of the current season?
We’ve got some fantastic hospitality packages available at the Etihad for Manchester City’s remaining Premier League fixtures this season, as well as the domestic cups and Champions League - giving you the opportunity to see the greatest non-English goalscorer in the division’s history.
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