It's only a matter of time before Sergio Aguero joins Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as one of the world's best players if Frank Lampard's comments are anything to go by.
Messi, a friend of Aguero's, and Ronaldo have long been considered to be in a league of their own, but Lampard has backed his Manchester City teammate to continue his incredible form and join the duo at the top of the game.
Lampard was talking to the Manchester Evening News after Aguero's superb hat-trick against Bayern Munich led to a number of teammates hailing the impact of the Argentine striker.
While the praise will no doubt flatter the 26-year-old, he'll be well aware all the kinds words, and his Bayern treble, will mean little if his team fail to seal progression from the Champions League group stage.
Following that match-winning performance on Tuesday, Lampard said of Aguero: "He’s top of the world football strikers."
The former Chelsea man also suggested Aguero, alongside a current Stamford Bridge star, has taken over from the departed Luis Suarez as the best in the Premier League.
"We’re fortunate in the Premier League - last year we had Luis Suarez and now, not to discount anyone, we are looking at Aguero and Diego Costa as the two in-form strikers in world football.
“Obviously different styles, the pair of them. Fantastic players - and Sergio won us the game against Bayern, obviously,” he said.
Although undoubtedly the hottest property in the Premier League right now, the former Atletico Madrid man may be a level below the biggest two names in football.
However, Lampard believes the 17-goal striker can force his way into recognition if he can continue his current form, he said: "I think it’s in his hands. It’s a big call to make.
Ability-wise from seeing him at close quarters, he is in that bracket.
“If he can carry on with this form, doing it week in and week out, which he is doing, then people will talk about him in the same breath.
“I haven’t been fortunate enough to play with those two, I have admired them from afar, but in terms of Aguero, he is certainly right up there.”
Despite his glistening praise of City's number 16, it's an ex-Chelsea teammate who Lampard considers as the greatest striker he's ever teamed up with.
Lampard said: "I am fortunate enough to have played with Didier Drogba who for me was the greatest, but it is very hard to compare those two because their style is so different, but in terms of pure finishing, electric pace …
"In my first few days training here my friends and other people were asking ‘Who does this or that in training?’ and I said ‘This Aguero is just different class’. He has proved that. He can’t stop scoring.”
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