Aguero hits new high marks in England

Sports | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 14 Jan 2020

Pep Guardiola said Sergio Aguero's legendary status had grown again after becoming the English Premier League's top-scoring foreign player with a hat-trick as Manchester City thrashed Aston Villa 6-1.

It may be too late to salvage City's defense of the Premier League title - they remain 14 points behind leaders Liverpool, who also have a game in hand - but led by Aguero the champions moved ahead of Leicester into second place to show they will not give up the chase.

Aguero eclipsed Frenchman Thierry Henry's record as the top-scoring non-English player in the Premier League by taking his goal tally to 177. The Argentinian also topped Alan Shearer's league record for hat-tricks with his 12th since joining City from Atletico Madrid in 2011.

"He was a legend and the legend rises," said Guardiola. "He is one of the most incredible players I've seen in this league."

Aguero said: "I'm so happy for the record. It's thanks to my teammates."

And he added: "I want to keep scoring."

Guardiola recalled Aguero as one of six changes to the side who outclassed Manchester United in last week to put one foot in the League Cup final at Wembley on March 1, when they could lift the trophy for a third straight season.

Riyad Mahrez grabbed two and Gabriel Jesus also found the back of the net for City. Anwar El Ghazi's goal from the spot in stoppage time was little consolation for Villa, who fell into the relegation zone after Watford won 3-0 at Bournemouth.

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