Manuel Pellegrini rates his star striker Sergio Aguero as ‘one of the top five players in the world’. I would go even further by suggesting the Manchester City goal ace is arguably the most complete forward on the planet.
Yes, of course, you can rave about Ronaldo and marvel at Messi, but when you analyse the all-round game of the Argentine international you wonder if he is, perhaps, a magical mix of some of the game’s all-time greats. Football’s very own Frankenstein!
The balance and grace of Van Basten and Best; the touch and vision of Pele and Platini; the power and purpose of Maradona and Muller; the City striker has seemingly got the lot. And, with time on his side, could get even better.
Alvaro Negredo was the Manchester club’s hat-trick hero in yesterday’s 5-2 Champions League win over CSKA Moscow, but Aguero was the undisputed star of the show with two goals of his own and typically unselfish assists.
Comparisons with Argentine legend Diego Maradona are perhaps inevitable given that on July 5, 2003, Aguero became the youngest player to make his debut in the Argentine Primera División at the age of 15 years and 35 days.
No prizes for guessing that the previous record had been held by the great Maradona himself, back in 1976, and Aguero has followed studiously in his idol’s footsteps with Independiente. Atletico Madrid and now City where he is held in great and understandable esteem.
Not least by new boss Manuel Pellegrini, who says: “He is a top player. I always talk with Sergio about the fact that he, for me, is one of the five top players in the world.
“He must try to demonstrate it in every game, but he is playing with more intensity when we don't have the ball and he has a lot of quality to make the difference.
"He was an important player also in the past - with his goal, Manchester City won the title. We hope in the future he will continue being a very important player for the club."
Aguero has clearly benefited from his fast-developing partnership and understanding with Negredo, all of which raises the question – are they the best double act in the Premier?
That could be a question for another day.or maybe later!