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Sergio Aguero kissing the ball.

Sergio "Kun" Aguero

Sergio "Kun" Aguero

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Is Agüero the best striker in the Premier League?

Manchester City fans will be hoping that Sergio Agüero is on form again this season. Since signing for City in 2011, Agüero has scored 102 Premier League goals in just 150 matches. Agüero has the best scoring ratio in the history of the Premier League, he scores a goal, on average, every 107 minutes. This is better than every striker to have played in the Premier League, including; Thierry Henry (122), Ruud van Nistelrooy (128) and Alan Shearer (146). Only Shearer (129 matches) got to 100 goals faster than Agüero (147) and of players who are still in the Premier League only Sunderland's Jermain Defoe (143) and Manchester Utd's Wayne Rooney (193) have more Premier League goals to their names. He's one of only five players to score five goals in a Premier League match and he's got more Premier League goals than any other South American. If City are going to win the Premier League this season they will want this man to be hitting the back of the net!

Where is he from?

Sergio 'Kun' Agüero was born on 2 June 1988 in Quilmes, Argentina.His first club was Independiente. He made his début for the first team when he was only 15 – the youngest footballer to play in the Primera División. He moved to Europe and Atlético Madrid in 2006. His goal-scoring partners there were Fernando Torres and Diego Forlán. He scored 101 goals for the Colchoneros in five seasons. His lethal finishing attracted the attention of lots of clubs and Manchester City bought him from Atlético in July 2011.

Agüero's nickname 'Kun' is from his favourite TV programme as a child.

What has he won?

Aguero celebrates goal number 2.

Kun Agüero had a sensational first game for Manchester City. He came on against Swansea and scored two goals and assisted David Silva for another in a 4-0 win. But he will be remembered forever by City fans for the last match of that season. Manchester City needed to beat Queens Park Rangers to take the title. The game was in the 94th minute and the score was 2-2. Mário Balotelli passed to Agüero who calmly put the ball in the net. City had won their first title since 1968. Since then, Agüero has led City to one more Premier League title, which they won in 2013/14.

Has he played for Argentina?

Agüero and teammates celebrate reaching the World Cup Final.

Agüero made his début for Argentina against Brazil (0-3) at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium in 2006 and has made 77 appearances for his country and scored 33 goals. He helped Argentina reach the 2014 World Cup Final in Brazil, which they eventually lost to Germany 1-0 after extra-time. Argentina have won the Copa América 14 times, the Confederations Cup once and the World Cup twice, in 1978 and 1986. Argentina have what some consider to be the best player ever: Diego Maradona. Others consider another Argentinian to be the best ever player: Barcelona's Lionel Messi.

Have many Argentinians played in the Premier League?

Apart from Kun Agüero, there are a few other Argentinians that play in Manchester or have played in Manchester. Do you know who is or was Agüero's teammate and who has played for city rivals Manchester United? One of them has even played for both teams!

Martin Demichelis Sergio Romero
Pablo Zabaleta Marcos Rojo
Carlos Tevez Angel Di Maria

 

Agüero greets fans at the Etihad.

There are many other Argentinians that play in the Premier League, including; Leonardo Ulloa at Leicester City, Erik Lamela at Spurs and Manuel Lanzini at West Ham. Many famous Argentinians have also played in the Premier League in the past including Carlos Tevez (West Ham, Man Utd and Man City), Javier Mascherano (West Ham and Liverpool) Maxi Rodriguez (Liverpool) and Juan Sebastian Veron (Man Utd and Chelsea).

This is not a new thing. In 1978, recent World Cup champions Osvaldo 'Ossie' Ardiles and Ricardo 'Ricky' Villa played for Tottenham. They were very successful and proved that foreign footballers could play in England.

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Did you know.......?

  • Sergio Aguero has scored 102 goals in the Premier League. Of current players, only Jermaine Defoe (143) and Wayne Rooney (193) have scored more.

  • Agüero is still a fan of his first club, Independiente.

  • Agüero has a tattoo of his name in 'Tengwar', a language invented by Tolkien, who wrote The Lord of the Rings.

  • Before 2012, Man City had only won two league titles (1937 and 1968). 

  • In the last five seasons, City have finished 3rd, 1st, 2nd, 1st and 2nd.

  • Back in 1998, City were a third level league club.

Aguero celebrates, Getty.

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What do you think?

Is Sergio Agüero the best striker in the Premier League. Will he be the top scorer this season?

How does he compare to strikers in other leagues? Is he the best-ever Premier League striker?

Who is your favourite striker? Why? 

 

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Salloum's picture
Salloum
10/10/2015
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The four other players are :
Manchester United's player Dimitar Berbatov who scored against Blackburn Rovers in 2010 .
Tottenham Hotspur's player Jermain Defoe who scored against Wigan Athletic in 2009 .
Newcastle United's player Alan Shearer who scored against Sheffield Wednesday in 1999 .
Manchester United's player Andy Cole who scored against Ipswich Town in 1995 .


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Salloum
10/10/2015 14:08
Syria
Manchester United
1308

The four other players are :
Manchester United's player Dimitar Berbatov who scored against Blackburn Rovers in 2010 .
Tottenham Hotspur's player Jermain Defoe who scored against Wigan Athletic in 2009 .
Newcastle United's player Alan Shearer who scored against Sheffield Wednesday in 1999 .
Manchester United's player Andy Cole who scored against Ipswich Town in 1995 .

Rich's picture
Rich
11/10/2015
ES
594
points

Yes, you're right! Some great strikers there, who do you think is/was the best out of the five?


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Rich
11/10/2015 10:32
Spain
Liverpool
594

Yes, you're right! Some great strikers there, who do you think is/was the best out of the five?

Salloum's picture
Salloum
11/10/2015
SY
1308
points

Personally, I think Berbatov's Goals were amazing .I loved his skills and the way that he played in it when he were in Man United


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Salloum
11/10/2015 19:11
Syria
Manchester United
1308

Personally, I think Berbatov's Goals were amazing .I loved his skills and the way that he played in it when he were in Man United

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