Sergio Aguero is in the top two best strikers in the world

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'MSN' hasn't been this popular since 2007, but we should be talking about how good Sergio Aguero is at the moment.

Of course I'm talking about Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar and that's what all the talk has been about over the last 12 months. 

Nevertheless, the Premier League has a striker who is capable of producing magic of his own, but where does he rank among the best?


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This guy is a predator in front of goal, and his strike against Dynamo Kyiv in the Champions League proved that. 

Aguero is highly regarded as the best striker in England, and the statistics back it up.

No one has scored more Premier League goals than the Argentinian in the last three years (57). 

Next on the list is Olivier Giroud with 15 fewer goals. Bearing in mind that the former Atletico Madrid forward played four fewer matches than the Arsenal man in that time. 

Probably one of the most impressive things about Aguero is how quickly he is able to find the back of the net after returning from injury. 

After his hamstring injury earlier on in the season, the City forward scored on his return against Liverpool in November. Even though it was in a 4-1 defeat, many strikers need a few games to get going, but not this guy. 

It's not all about scoring goals either. Aguero managed to provide 18 assists for his teammates in the previous two league seasons, but he is struggling to create chances this campaign with only two league assists. 

Not only does he score lots of goals, he scores decisive goals at big moments in the match. Something that is important to recognise. Cristiano Ronaldo has often been criticised for scoring the third or the fourth goal in a match, when perhaps the game was all but over. 

The City striker has proved this season he isn't a flat track bully and that he can score important goals. He scored the first goal of the match for his side against Chelsea, Newcastle, Liverpool, Crystal Palace, Sunderland and Leicester. As well as scoring a late winner against Watford. 

While teams like Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool struggle to break teams down, City have their marksman to kill the defensive teams off early. 


When you consider who are the top strikers in the world, you can't look beyond Suarez. People generally regard Messi and Neymar as wingers, so we won't discuss them in this conversation. 

The Uruguayan is perhaps the only player to tip Aguero to the label of 'the best striker in the world'. 

While Aguero's 57 league goals in the last three years are certainly impressive, it doesn't quite match Suarez's 72. 

People may point to the fact that the opposition Suarez is facing could be argued as worse than Aguero's Premier League opposition. However, the former Liverpool striker scored 31 goals in the Premier League just under two years ago, 14 more than Aguero that season. 

You could also say that the former Ajax striker is currently playing with better players, and therefore has more chances to score, but yet again, Suarez played in a Liverpool side far weaker than Manchester City's. 

It's not as if City's team is poor either with one of Europe's leading assist makers in Kevin De Bruyne alongside him. 

The problem Aguero also has is the fact he's only won two major honours in the last two-and-a-half years. While Suarez won five trophies last season alone and is probably about to embark on a few more this season. 

The Barcelona striker is scoring goals in big matches. The Champions League final to name one of them. Aguero is scoring important goals for his side in the league as already mentioned, but hasn't shown his true quality in the latter stages of Europe's elite competition. 

That is of course not entirely his fault, because his team and his manager has to be accountable. Nonetheless, his injuries have meant that he has missed key Champions League games. Including the first leg against Barcelona two years ago, which the Citizens lost 2-0. 

Even so, Rio Ferdinand revealed in December that he thought the Argentine was the best no.9 in the world ahead of Luis Suarez.

As quoted by Goal, Ferdinand said: “For me now, at the moment, when he’s fit, Aguero’s the best No.9 in terms of playing against, he’s a nightmare.

“Because he’s small, stocky, strong, quick as well and will go both ways. He’ll go left and shoot with his left, or go right and shoot.

“Normally, like [Luis] Suarez, I’ll push him on his left all day long and say ‘go on’, because I know he’s going to cut back on his right."

To mention other forwards, Mauro Icardi, Pierre-Emmerick Aubameyang, Carlos Bacca and Alexandre Lacazette has shown they can perform, but not over a period of three years.

Karim Benzema has failed to score 20 goals or more in the previous two campaigns, although he should surpass that this season, but even so, in a team full of 'Galacticos' that's the least you would expect. 

Diego Costa showed his talent in the previous two campaigns, but he has failed to deliver this season. Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic play in significantly weaker leagues than Aguero and Suarez, and Cavani hasn't scored more than 20 in the last few seasons like Benzema. 

Antoine Griezmann and Robert Lewandowski certainly deserve a mention, because both have been consistent over recent years, with the latter reaching high figures for five-and-a-half years. 

People would argue the Polish striker has underwhelmed at Bayern Munich since his move from Dortmund, especially with the players he has around him. Griezmann however, hasn't had the same quality around him as Aguero and could be argued that he might be ahead of the Argentinian in the rankings. 

You might want to look out for Harry Kane next season too as his goal tallies continue to climb.

Most of the time these rankings are just pub talk anyway, because players dip in and out of form all the time, but while Barcelona have a tremendous trio, fans shouldn't underestimate Aguero's talent. 

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