Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero has been an absolute superb signing since he arrived to the blue side of the city in 2011. The striker has scored 164 goals in just 246 total matches since becoming a Premier League player. The tally is impressive considering that Chelsea great Didier Drogba also managed to score 164 total goals during his time with the London club; however, it took the former Ivory Coast international 135 additional games to get to 164 than Aguero.
Along with an impressive goalscoring record, Aguero has also helped guide City to two Premier League titles during his first five seasons with the club. The first of these titles came in dramatic fashion. Not only did City collect their first league title since 1968, but Aguero scored a 95th minute winner against QPR on the last day of the season to help the Citizens edge their crosstown rivals Manchester United on goal difference. Aguero’s late goal in the match is widely considered one of the most iconic Premier League goals ever scored.
Aguero has not only lit up the Premier League since his arrival, but he has also performed extremely well in the Champions League. Widely regarded as the top club competition on the planet, Aguero has racked up an impressive 24 goals and six assists in 35 total Champions League matches with City.
Despite all of these accomplishments, the Argentine seems to still be a tad undervalued by Premier League fans and pundits. He has never been included in the PFA Team of the Year during his time in England. This absence includes the 2014/15 campaign in which Aguero scored more goals than any other player in the league, including Harry Kane and Diego Costa (both included in the Team of the Year).
One of the misconceptions regarding Aguero is that he is injured quite often. Nevertheless, Aguero has averaged 30 Premier League games per season heading into the current campaign. In fact, the City striker has also featured in more total games than the aforementioned Kane since the start of the 2015/16 season.
In a piece published earlier in the season, the Daily Mirror asked fans and pundits to choose the top striker in the Premier League. While Aguero won the fan vote, some “experts” picked Costa, Kane, and even Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino over Aguero.
David Anderson, who chose the City star, echoed claims of the striker being regularly overlooked. “Aguero is the Premier League’s best striker without a shadow of a doubt,” stated Anderson. “Aguero is scandalously overlooked in terms of recognition in England and it is criminal that he has never featured in the PFA Team of the Year. Yet, look at his stats – he has already banged in 150 goals for City and is on course to become their all-time leading scorer.”
While he is certainly overlooked at times, it does not stop Aguero from being routinely linked with a move to Real Madrid (something that will certainly be discussed this summer). Regardless of how Aguero is perceived, there is no doubt that he is one of the top goalscorers the Premier League has seen since Thierry Henry departed north London for Barcelona in 2007.