Sergio Agüero’s breathtaking form for Manchester City has led to him becoming the latest player to be called the best in the world after Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. The man doing the honours in this instance is his club manager, Manuel Pellegrini.
Messi and Ronaldo may well be unassailable phenomenons of club football, but grading Agüero seems somewhat irrelevant.
What should be admired about Agüero is his completeness, as he is the very best example of a modern striker. Great upper body strength, ability on the ball, terrific acceleration, superb close control, wonderful movement off the ball, excellent hold-up play, pugnacious attitude and lethal finishing - Agüero has it all.
It might be a step too far to call him a genius, but he is very close to that. His Premier League scoring rate is better than the likes of Ruud Van Nistelrooy and Robin Van Persie, although Ruud and RVP have played at the top for a longer period of time.
Agüero not only contributes goals, he is a superb team player as well. Individual brilliance is always decorated with terrific team play in all his performances. He may have not have had the best of times last season, but this season he seems to have picked up from where he left off with that dramatic league-winning goal against QPR in May 2012.
In fact, last season's dip seems to have made him even more determined to do even better. The signing of Alvaro Negredo has provided him with an ideal strike partner. The likes of Luis Suarez, Van Persie are all great strikers, but, on current form, Agüero tops them all.
Last but not the least, Agüero’s personality deserves to be applauded. He does not seem to carry the the baggage of a Suarez. A brilliant players though he is, Suarez can be prone to self-combustion. Agüero has none of that.
The only significant blemish in his professional career came early on in his days at Atletico Madrid, when used his hands to score the winning goal against Recreativo de Huelva in October 2006. He was barely 17 at that time.
Overall, he has been brilliance personified without the baggage. An absolute joy to watch and probably the only football player who carries the nickname of a cartoon character on his shirt, Sergio 'Kun' Agüero is truly unique and the quintessential striker of the modern game.
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