Sergio Aguero had a hand in four of six Manchester City goals in a 6-1 blowout of Aston Villa on Sunday.
The performance etched his name twice more in the Premier League record books, as he became the league’s all-time leading foreign-born scorer (177) and hat trick hero (12).
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Those records were held by Thierry Henry and Alan Shearer, which is nice.
Aguero reacted with humility to the achievement, but Pep Guardiola sang the praises of his Argentine mega finisher.
“He’s a legend and legends rise tonight. Thierry Henry is one most incredible players to play in this league and he will be proud that Sergio is the guy who breaks his record. He was a legend and Sergio is the same. To score this amount of goals means you have done for many years a lot of good things. He’s been consistent for many years and so we are proud of him.
“He is the most incredible person. You cannot achieve this without being a guy who loves to play football.”
Aguero is tied with Frank Lampard for the fourth-most goals in league history with 177, both 10 behind Andy Cole. Next is Wayne Rooney with 208 and Alan Shearer’s absurd 260. It seems likely Aguero will finish his time in England in third and it could happen this season.
Aguero’s .69 goals per game is higher than every player to score 100 Premier League goals, though Henry (.68) and contemporary Harry Kane (.68) are just behind.
Not too many people would have the audacity to record and post this video, but Jermaine Jenas was simply taping a co-worker and one of his former teammates.
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With Sergio Aguero presiding over a penalty kick which would give him a share of the Premier League hat trick record with one Alan Shearer, the former Newcastle player turned his camera on the English legend.
And while Shearer would later Tweet this — and sing it when he realized he was being filmed — we get a very visceral vibe from the Newcastle hero’s immediate reaction to Aguero slotting home.
We guess you could say that Shearer is too humble to mention that it’s a shared record.
But then again, just look at this video. The big man did not think he was going to be caught this soon, though he does offer a fine song.
I would’ve looked much worse in the same spot, Alan.
No player in Premier League history has scored more goals than Alan Shearer (260); the only player to score more goals than Wayne Rooney (208) is Shearer.
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Suffice to say, it was a very special occasion when the two England legends — Rooney’s 53 international goals make him the Three Lions’ all-time leader, while Shearer’s 30 place his sixth — got together for a sit-down interview about Rooney’s whirlwind year of 2018.
From his largely failed return to Everton, to leaving the PL and England behind for D.C. United and MLS, followed by the raging success he’s enjoyed with the Black and Red thus far, Rooney and Shearer had plenty to catch up on.
Trailblazing striker Cyrille Regis has died at the age of 59.
West Brom hails Regis as “one of the great symbols of the fight against racism in Britain as a pioneer for black footballers across this nation and beyond.”
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Regis was a key part of West Brom trio “Three Degrees” with Laurie Cunningham and Brendon Batson, won the 1987 FA Cup with Coventry City and was just the third black player to be capped by England. He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire.
He scored 81 goals at West Brom before moving on to pot another 47 at Coventry City in a career with stops at Aston Villa, Wolves, Wycombe Wanderers, and Chester City.
Tributes poured in for Regis on Monday from across the football world on a day celebrated in the United States for civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Newcastle United legend and Match of the Day analyst Alan Shearer was not having the Magpies’ 3-0 home loss to Watford on Saturday.
Shearer laid into the Magpies defense, which was without captain Jamaal Lascelles, and laid scathing criticism on fullbacks Javier Manquillo and DeAndre Yedlin.
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It was especially brutal for Yedlin, who was noted by name and by side.
From The Newcastle Chronicle:
“Time and time again it happened. Watford picked up their ball, looked to their left-hand side and it was so, so open.
“The third goal is an embarrassment for Newcastle United. Have a look at Yedlin and Manquillo and where they end up.
“They both don’t bother at all, to even attempt to get back in.”
Here’s the goal in question. We’re not just buying American here, but Yedlin — who wasn’t good on the day — is coming back from a foray up field; Manquillo is the one who fails to stay with Gray while NUFC center back Florian Lejeune allows dangerous Richarlison the room to cross: