Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero was hailed as a “legend” after setting a new record for the most Premier League goals by an overseas player.
Aguero scored a hat-trick against Aston Villa to surpass Thierry Henry’s record of 175 goals, and also go past Alan Shearer’s hat-trick record with his 12th treble in the top flight.
The 31-year-old, now on 177 goals, achieved the feat in his 255th Premier League game. Henry scored 175 goals in 258 games for Arsenal.
Aguero’s record is even more impressive given he only moved to England at the age of 23 from La Liga side Atletico Madrid.
When English players are included, Aguero is fifth in the all-time Premier League standings.
The league’s goalscoring record is held by Shearer, who scored 260 times, including 11 hat-tricks, during spells at Southampton, Blackburn and Newcastle.
His former captain Vincent Kompany paid tribute to the Argentine on Sunday night during his Football Writers’ Association tribute evening.
Kompany said: “What a legend! You take away the fact that he has scored so many goals, I’m grateful for one goal when he scored against QPR [the 96th-minute winner to seal City’s first Premier League title in 2012] and everybody said ‘AGUEROO’.
“You just take that one goal in isolation and he is always going to be a legend to me.”
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