Joe Hart has played against some of the best strikers in the world, notably the two "greats" of the decade Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, but he believes that his Manchester City team-mate Sergio Aguero is by far the best striker he has encountered in his playing career.
Although the Englishman had to put on one of the performances of his playing career when his side crashed out of the Champions League at the Camp Nou, he is adamant that the toughest saves he has to make are in training when Sergio Aguero has the ball at his feet.
When asked to name the toughest goalscorer he has faced, Hart replied: "Just from working with him on a daily basis and from what I’ve seen this season, probably Aguero. He just knows how to score.
“In training he particularly excites you most days. A long clearance could turn into a goal because he’s got that ability to take it round five people and score. Sergio is a very natural player, he just takes that option to score"
It would therefore seem, according to Joe Hart, that Sergio Aguero possesses an innate ability when it comes to goal-scoring, making him a far deadlier prospect for a goalkeeper than the likes of Messi and Ronaldo.
Certainly, the English stopper is well-placed to make such an affirmation as he trains with Aguero on a day-to-day basis, attempting to stop the Argentine from bagging goals in training.
However, Hart has also had the momentous task of stopping Messi on four occasions in the past two seasons, not conceding to the Argentine at all this campaign but twice last year, a penalty and an outside-of-the boot strike.
Despite the Barcelona stars' mesmerising display at the Camp Nou, Hart was in equally fine form and able to stop the little Argentine on a number of occasions. According to Hart, herein lies the main difference between Messi, who he still regards as a "phenomenal player", his teammate Aguero is rarely thwarted when he is one-on-one with a keeper.
As he has trained with the Argentine striker every day for the best part of four years, Hart is certainly well-placed to make such a claim...