How brilliant is Manchester City's Sergio Agüero?

Sergio Agüero has become Manchester City's outright all-time leading scorer, his effort against Napoli on Wednesday night taking him to 178 goals for the club.

Sergio Agüero is now out on his own as Manchester City's all-time leading goalscorer
Sergio Agüero is now out on his own as Manchester City's all-time leading goalscorer ©AFP/Getty Images

With his goal against Napoli, Sergio Agüero has become Manchester City's all-time top scorer, surpassing Eric Brook's 78-year-old record of 178 strikes for the club. gives 'Kun' his due.

What they say
"When I arrived at Independiente, they told me there was a phenomenon in the academy. One day I called him in to train with the first team and he killed everyone. He convinced us immediately."
Oscar Ruggeri, former Independiente coach

"Playing with him was one reason I joined Atlético Madrid. I'd first seen him on television in Argentina, where he made his debut aged 15 for my old team Independiente. A boy stood out against men. He scored one goal in a derby and I jumped up off the sofa in astonishment. Agüero has a natural instinct for scoring goals."
Diego Forlán, former Atlético team-mate

"He's a legend, and it's a part of history in the club. Agüero's numbers speak for themselves – he is amazing."
Josep Guardiola, Manchester City manager

Sergio Agüero's dream five-a-side team
Sergio Agüero's dream five-a-side team

Current tally
International: 82 appearances, 34 goals
UEFA club competition: 87 appearances, 51 goals
European domestic competition: 410 appearances, 230 goals

Claims to fame
Atlético Madrid
• Agüero had a splendid record in home games against Barcelona, scoring twice in a 4-2 victory in March 2008 and a double in a 4-3 thriller exactly 12 months later.

• He won the 2009/10 UEFA Europa League, registering two crucial away goals that sent Atlético through to the quarter-finals at Sporting CP's expense.

• Agüero totalled 75 Liga goals across five seasons with Atlético, reaching the 20-mark in 2007/08 and 2010/11.

Manchester City
"Agüerooooooooo! I swear you'll never see anything like this ever again!" commentator Martin Tyler famously yelled when, with 93:20 on the clock, City's No10 scored the goal against Queens Park Rangers in May 2012 that won the Citizens their first top-flight championship since 1968.

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• Both of Agüero's UEFA Champions League hat-tricks, group stage to final, have come in a City shirt. His side were 2-1 down at home to Bayern München in November 2014 when the Argentinian international famously struck twice in the final five minutes to complete his treble and give City a shot at qualification away to Roma on matchday six.

• Agüero picked up the Premier League Golden Boot for his 26 goals during 2014/15.

• Became the fifth player to score five in a single Premier League game on Saturday 3 October 2015. With the Sky Blues trailing at home to Newcastle United, City's main man struck five times in 21 minutes either side of half-time as his side turned a 1-0 deficit into a 6-1 win.

• Became the 16th player to reach 50 UEFA club competion goals when he scored for City in their opening UEFA Champions League group stage game of 2017/18 – a 4-0 win at Feyenoord.

• The second goal in his hat-trick in the subsequent league game, a 6-0 success at Watford, was his 200th top-division strike since he came to Europe.

• Scored his 177th City goal – a penalty in a home win against Burnley on 21 October 2017 – to match Eric Brook's 78-year-old club record. No178 came against Napoli on matchday four.

What you might not know
• Agüero was given the nickname 'Kun', which he sports on the back of his Manchester City shirt, as a child by his grandparents owing to his resemblance to a Japanese cartoon character called Kum Kum from his favourite TV series. 

• Agüero became the youngest debutant in the Argentinian first division when he was sent on as a substitute for Independiente against San Lorenzo on 5 July 2003, just a month after his 15th birthday.

• Agüero was a FIFA U-20 World Cup winner in 2005 and 2007. He was awarded the Golden Ball and Golden Boot at the latter tournament in Canada after scoring six goals in seven appearances.

• Agüero is not a fan of hot weather and likes the rain in Manchester as it helps him get to sleep.

Sergio Agüero and his good friend Lionel Messi
Sergio Agüero and his good friend Lionel Messi©Getty Images

• Lionel Messi wrote the foreword to 'Sergio Kun Aguero: Born to Rise: My Story', which was published in 2014. He is Messi's room-mate with the national team.

• Liverpool were Agüero's choice of team on video games when he was a kid.

What he says
• "My nickname is different in comparison to most athletes and so I have grown to appreciate it because it's unique. It's not every day an athlete is nicknamed after a cartoon character!"

"I like tricks, I like to dazzle. Dribbling and leaving your opponent on his backside is what life is for. If I achieve what I want to, then I'll mark a distinct era in football. I'm the Che Guevara of modern soccer."

"[The last day of the 2011/12 season] was a crazy situation because we knew the scenario required to win the title, but I felt I'd die if we didn't win or that I'd kill myself if we blew our title chance! OK, maybe that's a little dramatic, but it felt like there would be nothing to look forward to if we failed."

Sergio Agüero lifts the Premier League trophy
Sergio Agüero lifts the Premier League trophy©Getty Images

What he might achieve yet
• Win a major UEFA competition trophy with City. For all of their recent successes, the club's only major honour remains the 1969/70 European Cup Winners' Cup – though encouragingly, having won that now defunct competition, they can look to emulate Manchester United and complete the set in the future.

• Complete his set of English competition winners medals; at City he has won two Premier League titles and two League Cups but needs the FA Cup finish his collection.

• Win a major competition with Argentina. Agüero and the Albiceleste have been the nearly men in recent summers, losing to Germany in the 2014 FIFA World Cup final and suffering penalty shoot-out defeats by Chile in the 2015 and 2016 Copa América deciders.

• Break into the top three of Argentina's most prolific internationals. For now, Agüero (34) is level with Diega Maradona and one goal shy of third-placed Hernán Crespo. Messi (58) and Gabriel Batistuta (54) are first and second respectively.