Most Premier League goals all-time:
🏴 Alan Shearer (260)
🏴 Wayne Rooney (208)
🏴 Andy Cole (187)
🏴 Frank Lampard (177)
🇫🇷 Thierry Henry (175)
🇦🇷 Sergio Aguero (164)
Premier League royalty. 👑 pic.twitter.com/pgfc2n0Avk
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) May 12, 2019
Not for the first time on the final day of the season, Sergio Aguero came to the fore for Manchester City to secure the Premier League crown. The Argentine notched the crucial equaliser for Pep Guardiola’s men against Brighton and Hove Albion that steadied the ship before they took control to claim the 4-1 triumph.
City’s victory saw off the threat of Liverpool by a single point in one of the closest races at the top in the history of the Premier League. There were slight fears for the champions early in the day when the Reds took the lead in their respective match against Wolves at Anfield.
The pressure reverted to Guardiola’s men, who needed to respond to reclaim their spot at the top of the table. Tension reigned on the City bench when Glenn Murray headed Brighton in front from a corner in the 27th minute. However, when City needed their star man in the final third the most, he rose to the occasion. Aguero latched on to David Silva’s flick before firing the ball through the legs of Mat Ryan with his left foot to equalise.
The goal calmed City’s nerves and allowed them to dominate from that point onwards, delivering the emphatic win that was predicted by Betting Boss in their latest soccer tips. Guardiola’s men became the first team to win the Premier League in back-to-back seasons since Manchester United lifted the crown three times in a row between 2007 and 2009.
Aguero has been one of the key cogs in all four of City’s Premier League triumphs. His strike against Brighton was reminiscent of his goal against Queens Park Rangers that allowed the club to clinch their first crown ahead of United on the final day of the 2011/2012 season.
2011/12 – AAGUUEERRROO
With a superior goal difference over United, a win against QPR would secure City’s first league title in 44 years. United won at Sunderland and nervously waited for City’s result… cue Sergio Aguero to score in the 94th minute…the rest is history. pic.twitter.com/z5z84omXV4
— SuperSport (@SuperSportTV) May 12, 2019
Although it came in different circumstances, it may have been just as important to break back into the game to ensure that further pressure did not build, which could have resulted in catastrophe for the champions. Aguero’s crafty movement and precise finish were the keys to the comeback, and despite all the millions that City have spent under Guardiola, the Argentine remains their most important player in the final third.
The 30-year-old scored 21 goals in the Premier League campaign – missing out on the golden boot by just one strike to Mohamed Salah, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sadio Mane. Since arriving in England in 2011, Aguero has amassed an incredible 164 goals in 239 appearances for the club. Aguero boasts the joint-best strike rate in Premier League history for players that have found the net over 100 times – sharing the honour with Harry Kane.
It puts him ahead of Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry, Michael Owen and Andy Cole. The Argentine is fast making a case to be considered the greatest Premier League striker of all time, with the record to match Shearer and best Owen along with the titles of Henry and Cole. Aguero’s ability to deliver his best when the pressure is on is his strongest asset: notably his goal against Queens Park Rangers in 2012, but his strike against Brighton and
against Burnley in April have been just as pivotal to City’s triumphs.
Due to the struggles of Gabriel Jesus this term, Guardiola was more reliant on the Argentine than ever. Aguero once again came to the fore to bring silverware back to the Etihad Stadium.