Sergio Agüero struck his 177th goal for Manchester City in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Burnley to finally go level with Eric Brook’s 79-year-old record as the club’s record goalscorer.
After missing from the penalty spot in his last match against Shakhtar Donetsk at the end of September, Agüero made a swift return from the injury sustained in a car crash 23 days ago, to slot in the opening goal and set City on their way.
Burnley were unhappy with the decision to award the penalty but Agüero made no mistake in writing himself into the record books.
GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL!! @aguerosergiokun scores from the spot! And that’s 177!
— Manchester City (@ManCity) October 21, 2017
The 29-year-old has now scored 177 goals in 261 matches since joining from Atlético Madrid in 2011. Far fewer than Brook, who reached the sum in 1938 after 453 games for the club.
“He needs one more goal and it is going to happen sooner or later,” Pep Guardiola said.
“It will be something special and it is so important for him to be the top scorer in the history of this club. We are happy that we will have that moment with him.”
Feliz por el triunfo y por el ⚽️177 ⚽️. Y vamos por más!!/Glad about our win and for my ⚽177 ⚽. And we’re going for more!! C’mon, City!!
— Sergio Kun Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) October 21, 2017
Argentina defender Nicolás Otamendi powered in a header to double the lead and this week the 29-year-old was singled out for praise from Guardiola.
“He is one of the players with the strongest mentality that I met in my life,” the City manager stated.
“I’m really impressed with the level he has and I’m so happy with him. He’s not afraid at all, it doesn’t matter where he plays, he has a lot of experience.
“He’s such an important guy for us. The last month, well I think all season, he has played outstanding.”
Leroy Sane wrapped up the victory with a third to send City five points clear at the top of the table and record an eleventh straight win, equalling another club record.