Manchester City’s all-time top scorer Sergio Aguero has made a blistering start to the season, scoring five goals, providing one assist and hitting the woodwork three times.
In the last derby game of the last season, Aguero suffered a harsh tackle which sent him to Barcelona for surgery on the knee that has given him trouble for years.
Amazon Prime’s All or Nothing documentary captures the Argentinian telling fitness staff that only two weeks after surgery, his knee already felt better than it had anytime in the last five years.
Aguero has certainly hit the ground running this season scoring his 200th and 201st City goals in the Charity Shield win against Chelsea.
He then scored a hat-trick against Huddersfield Town which led to him being named Etihad Player of the Month for August.
The hat-trick against Huddersfield was his thirteenth for the club, and his ninth in the Premier League.
Aguero’s accomplishments have not gone unnoticed with Match of the Day pundit and all- time Premier League top goal scorer, Alan Shearer. He recently heaped praise on City’s top striker.
“Sergio Aguero is now on nine Premier League hat-tricks and only two behind me. He is the best foreign player to ever play in the Premier League – a great centre-forward with no weaknesses.”
Few would argue with this appraisal. Aguero features in the top three or four goal scorers in the League every year, despite missing chunks of most seasons through injury.
Asked about the praise lavished upon him by Shearer, Aguero remained humble.
“It was very flattering to hear Alan Shearer holding me up in such high regard,” he said. He was a fantastic striker and there’s good reason he’s the Premier League’s top scorer. His words encourage me to stay on course and keep scoring goals for City.”
He will be looking to push on and try to regain that prestigious award. He has won it once – the 2014/2015 season when he hit 26 goals, his best return since joining the club.
Luckily for him, he is surrounded by players like David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne, who live for playing those sublime passes that strikers like Aguero thrive off. Add into that mix players like Benjamin Mendy and Kyle Walker, who love to get down the wings and whip dangerous crosses in, and there will certainly be plenty for the Argentinian striker to feed off.
However, Sergio will have to make sure he takes full advantage of the kind of service his teammates can provide as there are already a number of other contenders for the award.
Mo Salah picked up the award last year for his exceptional first season, with a return of 32 goals to his name – something he will be looking to repeat this season. Harry Kane came runner-up with 30 goals and won the award in the 2016/17 season with 29 goals.
Aguero has had to deal with injuries in every season he has been with the Blues. His highest return for one season was 2014/15 when he scored 26 goals
He has made it clear that when his City contract ends in 2020, he will finish his very impressive footballing career at his boyhood club, Independiente.
So we only have two more seasons of Aguero genius to admire. After that, it will be a case of watching replay after replay of the spectacular and important goals he has scored over his City career.