The Argentine forward broke not just one but two records in a 6-1 win over Aston Villa.

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Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City moved back to the second position in the Premier League as goals from Riyad Mahrez, Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus thrash Aston Villa 6-1 away from home on Sunday.

This was arguably one of the finest performances from Manchester City this season and all this was made possible by the genius of Sergio Aguero, who scored a stunning hat-trick and notched up an assist.

A treble on the night took the City striker’s Premier League tally to 177 goals as he surpassed Thierry Henry (175 goals) to become the top-scoring foreign player in the tournament's history. The Argentine forward, in fact, reached the milestone in record time (255 league games), taking three fewer games than Henry (258 league games).

Top-scoring foreign 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

Nocilas Anelka

France

125

Dwight Yorke

Trinidad & Tobago

123

And well, the hat-trick was actually Aguero’s 12th league treble which means that he overtook the all-time Premier League top-scorer Alan Shearer (11 hat-tricks) to set new league record.

List of Aguero’s 12 Premier League hat-tricks:

2011: City 3-0 Wigan Athletic (2011)

2014: City 4-1 Tottenham (4 goals)

2015: City 6-0 QPR

2015: City 6-1 Newcastle (5 goals)

2016: Chelsea 0-3 City

2017: Watford 0-6 City

2018: City 3-1 Newcastle

2018: City 5-1 Leicester (4 goals)

2018: City 6-1 Huddersfield Town

2019: City 3-1 Arsenal

2019: City 6-0 Chelsea 

2020: Aston Villa 1-6 City

Aguero remains City’s all-time top scorer, having notched 249 goals in all competition so far. And his manager, Pep Guardiola was on hand to compare his striker to the Arsenal great.

"Henry is one of the most incredible players that I have seen in this league, but I think he would be happy that Sergio is the guy who breaks his record," Pep Guardiola said after the game. "He was a legend and Sergio is the same."

Feature image courtesy: AFP / Paul Ellis