PEP GUARDIOLA hailed Sergio Aguero as a Manchester City legend who will ‘die scoring goals’ after his record-breaking hat-trick demolished Aston Villa.
The Argentina star’s treble in City’s 6-1 romp made him the Premier League’s record overseas scorer with 177 goals, moving ahead of Frenchman Thierry Henry and drawing level with Frank Lampard in fourth spot in the all-time stakes.
Riyad Mahrez, with a brace, and Gabriel Jesus were also on target but yesterday was all about Aguero, who has 249 City goals in all competitions, while yesterday’s hat-trick saw him surpass Alan Shearer to set a new Premier League record of 12.
Guardiola said: ‘[Aguero] is a legend and the legend rose tonight. Henry is one of the most incredible players I have seen in this league. He was a legend and with Sergio it’s the same. He will die scoring goals. He has a gift — when the ball is at his feet, he is amazing.’
Aguero said: ‘I’m so happy for the record. I want to keep scoring more goals but it all depends on my team-mates. If they pass to me, then it’s fine.’
The thumping win sees City climb above Leicester into second but runaway leaders Liverpool are 14 points clear and Guardiola added of his team’s title chances: ‘Forget about it. We would have liked to fight against them but could not.’
Villa boss Dean Smith said: ‘We contributed to our downfall, we made mistakes for goals and the third summed up the game. They made 20 passes without any contact and Aguero puts it in the top corner with no one within three or four yards of him.’