Sergio Agüero was in devastating form for Manchester City as he grabbed the 12th hat-trick of his glittering Premier League story in a 6-1 demolition of Aston Villa at Villa Park on Sunday.
Already City’s all-time highest goal-scorer, Agüero has now gone on to set the record for the most hat-tricks in the English top-flight, surpassing Newcastle legend Alan Shearer. Agüero equalled the record with a superb treble to take down Chelsea at the Etihad in February last year.
Remaining in belligerent form, the 31-year-old will look to add to that total in the years to come. Liverpool icon Robbie Fowler is third on the all-time list with nine hat-trick goals to his name, while former Arsenal man, Thierry Henry boasts eight.
The English trio of Harry Kane, Michael Owen and Wayne Rooney have the same total as the Frenchman on the same number of hat-tricks. Meanwhile, former Liverpool goal machine-turned Blaugrana, Luis Suárez scored six hat-tricks during his three-and-a-half-year stint at Anfield, some way off the pace set by his South American counterpart.
Agüero’s goalscoring exploits at the weekend also moved him in front of Henry as he became the league’s highest-scoring overseas player of all-time. He has now scored 177 goals – from 255 league games – to overhaul Henry’s mark of 175. Former Manchester United and Arsenal forward Robin van Persie lies third in the rankings of most goals with 144 goals.