Sergio Aguero shot up the scoring charts after becoming just the fifth player in Premier League history to score five in one match during Manchester City’s 6-1 thrashing of Newcastle United.
However, in typical style, the Argentina superstar picked up yet another niggling injury whilst on international duty and could be set to miss the next few weeks.
So while he’s giving defenders a rest from his talents, we took a closer look at the forward.
Where did he start his career?
Joining the academy of Independiente at the age of nine, Aguero became the club’s youngest ever player, making his debut at the age of 15 years and 35 days. Although he had to wait a considerable amount of time before his next appearance, the Argentine eventually featured again, becoming the youngest ever player to feature in the Copa Libertadores. He was able to establish himself in the first-team before his big money move to Spain and Atletico Madrid in 2006.
So what happened after that?
He made the move to Madrid for approximately £17 million, a Bank of Spain recorded at the time. At Atletico, Aguero started to really make a name for himself, winning a number of personal accolades as well as securing Europa League and UEFA Super Cup silverware for the Rojiblancos. After scoring 101 times in 234 games for the club, he made the lucrative move to the Premier League with Manchester City, signing a five-year contract for a fee of £38 million.
Is it not surprising that City have not had more success with Aguero in the team?
In a way, yes. With a player of Aguero’s pedigree leading the line, City should, in theory, have achieved much more success. However, the 27-year-old has been extremely unlucky throughout his time in England, being plagued by a number of injuries; thus making it difficult for him to remain in the team for a substantial amount of time.
Why is he so dangerous?
Well, despite his injury woes, he still manages to score more often than not. His excellence was shown when he scored the iconic goal to win City their first Premier League title. Aguero is the kind of player you hope isn’t playing against you, regardless of his physical condition, because even if he’s struggling to get into the game, he can always strike you down when you least expect it.
Where does he rank alongside the world’s best strikers?
In terms of an out and out striker, Aguero is the best in world football. He has pace, strength, skill and is a deadly finisher. It’s just a shame that he has a lot of injury problems, otherwise there’s no doubt the Argentine would have broken a lot more records than he already has.