Sergio Aguero hits scoring landmark as merciless Manchester City thrash Aston Villa

The Manchester City goal machine scored a hat-trick against Aston Villa, Sunday, to eclipse Thierry Henry as the division’s top international goalscorer.

Aguero, from Argentina, now has an incredible 177 goals, two more than French Arsenal legend Henry and 33 more than Dutchman Robin van Persie.

The hat-trick at Villa Park was Aguero’s 12th in the Premier League, which also surpassed Alan Shearer’s previous hat-trick record.

Aguero left the pitch with a big smile on his face and the match ball under his arm, a memento of his record hat-trick.

“I want to keep on scoring,” Aguero told broadcaster Sky Sports. “So I keep focused every game.”

Since its inception the Premier League has introduced foreign talent to English shores, and surely Aguero now ranks among the best of them.

“Incredible person, incredible player”

The 31-year-old joined Manchester City in 2011 from Spanish club Atletico Madrid and quickly established himself as a major talent, and a powerful goal-poacher.

“He’s one of the most incredible players I’ve seen in this league,” Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said.

“He’s an incredible person. He has to be always fit. He loves to play football and in the final third he is the guy who has the goal in his head.”

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Aguero is City’s all-time goalscorer with 249 goals — the important of them all perhaps his late strike against Queens Park Rangers to snatch the club’s first Premier League title from rivals Manchester City in 2012.

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