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Sergio Aguero, 179 not out: Why the Man City man can lay claim to being the Premier League’s most deadly marksman

Others have scored more than the Argentine forward – but the stats prove Aguero is by far the most clinical finisher in the division’s history. Bad news, perhaps, for Sheffield United, who host City exclusively live on BT Sport on Tuesday night.

It was entirely fitting that Sergio Aguero assumed the crown from Thierry Henry to become the Premier League’s all-time leading overseas scorer by bagging a hat-trick.

Three well-taken finishes against a sorry Aston Villa side earlier this month helped Manchester City to a dominant 6-1 win as Aguero stole the show in a man-of-the-match performance.

It meant the 31-year-old returned home with a Premier League match ball for the 12th time in his career, overtaking Alan Shearer’s long-standing record of 11 hat-tricks in the process.

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On Saturday, Aguero followed up that display with a brace against Crystal Palace to take his haul for the season to 15.

It is a measure of his astonishing consistency that he has only failed to reach the 15-goal milestone once in nine seasons since joining City from Atletico Madrid for a reported £35m in 2011.

The diminutive forward has won every domestic trophy available, including lifting the Premier League four times, yet his greatness has almost flown under the radar over the past decade.

Fellow goalscoring greats such as Shearer, Henry, Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard found themselves showered with individual accolades over the course of their careers. Yet to date, Aguero has only one Premier League Golden Boot award and two PFA Team of the Year awards on his mantelpiece.

Perhaps his personality has allowed him to be forgotten at times; the Buenos Aires-born forward is an enigmatic character and prefers to live a life away from the spotlight, rarely giving interviews to the press despite his frequent goalscoring heroics.

Quietly, however, Aguero can lay claim to being the best import in Premier League history – and the statistics show why.

At 31 – and with whispers of a return to Argentina possible in the not-too-distant future – it seems highly unlikely Aguero will ever chase down Shearer’s incredible 260-goal tally but in terms of his chance conversion and finishing, he is streets ahead of the competition.

Aguero’s current record of 179 strikes in 256 appearances works out at a goals-per-game ratio of 0.70, significantly better than Shearer (0.59), Rooney (0.42), Andy Cole (0.45), Lampard (0.29) – and even slightly more than Henry (0.68).

Among his contemporaries, his prolificacy stands out even more; since Aguero made his Premier League debut, he has found the back of the net once every 105.8 minutes.

In that same space of time, only Harry Kane comes close (of those with more than 75 Premier League goals), finding the back of the net every 120.6 minutes, ahead of Robin Van Persie (every 129.0 minutes) and Jamie Vardy (every 165.6 minutes).

Further evidence of his brilliance lies in the indiscriminate nature of his scoring record.

In 69 games against ‘Top Six’ opposition, Aguero has scored 44 times, making a particular habit of scoring against Tottenham (11) and Chelsea (10).

On Tuesday night, City travel to Bramall Lane to take on high-flying Sheffield United barely three weeks after recording a solid 2-0 win over the Blades at the Etihad Stadium.

Predictably, Aguero opened the scored that night, peeling away from his marker to lash Kevin De Bruyne’s through ball past Dean Henderson’s despairing near-post dive in trademark style.

Despite the Blades’ successes so far this season, Aguero’s record against newly-promoted opposition will make for chilling reading ahead of tomorrow night’s return leg, which will be shown exclusively live on BT Sport 2 HD from 7pm.

In 42 appearances, Aguero has been involved in 42 goals, contributing eight assists alongside an eye-watering 34 strikes since his debut in 2011.

Chris Wilder’s men hang their hat on diligence in defence, as their impressive record demonstrates: eight clean sheets and just 22 goals conceded – the second-fewest in the league.

Can they contain the free-scoring Aguero second time around – or will the Argentinean goal machine continue his stunning run of form and further cement his legacy among the Premier League's greats?

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