Aguero becomes top-scoring overseas player

12 Jan 2020

Man City striker beats Thierry Henry's record as well as Alan Shearer's hat-trick mark with three goals in the victory over Aston Villa

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A host of deadly strikers have come from overseas to play in the Premier League and with two records set this weekend, Sergio Aguero has shown that he is the most prolific of them all.

With his hat-trick at Aston Villa on Sunday, the Argentinian took his tally to 177 top-flight goals in England.

That has beaten the previous record of 175 goals, set by Arsenal's Thierry Henry to make Aguero the top-scoring foreign player in the competition's history.

Aguero has reached his mark in three fewer matches than Henry, having taken 255 Premier League fixtures to score his 177 goals, while Henry took 258.

Top-scoring overseas players
Player Nation Goals
Sergio Aguero Argentina 177
Thierry Henry France 175
Robin van Persie Netherlands 144
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink Netherlands 127
Robbie Keane Republic of Ireland 126
Nicolas Anelka France 125
Dwight Yorke Trinidad & Tobago 123

Aguero is now joint fourth in the all-time Premier League scoring list, level with Frank Lampard, and is 10 goals behind the 187 scored by third-placed Andrew Cole.

"Aguero is a legend," said his manager Pep Guardiola. "I think he is one of the most incredible players I've seen in this league.

"He will be proud. We've congratulated him in the locker room because to score this many goals means you have done for many, many years a lot of good things."

Hat-trick hero

And with his three goals at Villa Park, Aguero also holds the outright record for Premier League hat-tricks.

He had been level with Alan Shearer on 11 hat-trick since scoring three in the 6-0 victory over Chelsea in February 2019.

But now he leads the way on his own thanks to his 12th treble on Sunday.

Most Premier League hat-tricks 
Player Hat-tricks
Sergio Aguero 12
Alan Shearer 11
Robbie Fowler 9
Thierry Henry 8
Harry Kane 8
Michael Owen 8

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