Manchester City‘s record goalscorer Sergio Aguero continues to tear up the Premier League – and now sits second behind Alan Shearer in number of hat-tricks scored in the competition.
Aguero netted his ninth treble – the same number as Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler and two behind Shearer – in a 6-1 rout over Huddersfield and has hit at least two hat-tricks per season since 2014-15.
We’ve taken a look at each of the Argentine’s nine hat-tricks and ranked them from worst to best, based on difficulty, skill, power, precision and ultimately, how much we liked watching him score golazos.
Aguero scored half of City’s six goals in an end-of-season drubbing of QPR as they secured a second-place finish.
His first came somewhat fortuitously, as a good solo run ended with a ricochet which fell the Argentine’s way, and he smartly clipped the ball over Rob Green to give City an early lead.
Aguero grabbed his second after the break as he beat Green one-on-one following a defensive error, while a penalty sealed the treble.
Aguero’s first hat-trick away from home saw him single-handedly down Chelsea in a 3-0 victory.
His first was the pick of the bunch, finishing into the bottom corner before smashing past Thibaut Courtois on the break and rounding his day off from the spot.
Sergio Aguero's second goal against Chelsea. Fantastic by KDB to start it all. pic.twitter.com/yA4l7tIL3I
— Roy Nemer (@RoyNemer) April 16, 2016
Ben Hamer, hang your head in shame.
Okay, the Huddersfield goalkeeper may not be fully responsible for his side’s 6-1 thrashing by City, but we’ve no idea what he was doing for two of Aguero’s three goals.
First off, he was completely stranded with Aguero and the ball way out of his box, allowing the striker to smartly clip the ball over the stopper from 20 yards.
Hamer later dropped a Benjamin Mendy cross at Aguero’s feet, gifting him an easy second.
But the striker’s third was much better, as he flicked another Mendy cross into the bottom corner with a deft touch.
Aguero’s first hat-trick of the 2017-18 campaign came in a 6-0 crushing win at Vicarage Road.
His first was a well-taken header from a Kevin De Bruyne free-kick before Gabriel Jesus squared for a simple tap-in for his and City’s second goal of the game.
The Argentine’s third was the icing on the cake, a stunning solo effort as he dribbled through the Watford defence to prod the ball past Heurelho Gomes.
An absolutely batsh*t game saw referee Jon Moss award four penalties, although only two were converted.
Aguero opened the scoring as he cut inside and finished well with his right foot and completed his treble by scoring from the spot twice. He even had time to miss a third penalty, half-volleying the rebound over the bar.
And after Federico Fazio had been sent off for his foul for the third penalty, Aguero rubbed salt into the wounds with a tidy left-footed finish to add to his personal haul in the 4-1 win.
A perfect hat-trick is always a thing of beauty, and while Aguero’s looked pretty simple, as the old adage goes: they all count. It also adds weight to this ranking, which we’re sure he was thinking of at the time.
His first saw him glance home Kevin De Bruyne’s cross, and he converted from the spot for his second before securing the match ball with a low strike following a brilliant run from Leroy Sane.
3 – Sergio Aguero has scored the first perfect Premier League hat-trick since the Argentine himself scored one against Newcastle in October 2015. Deja-vu. pic.twitter.com/zs4I9Czy82
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 20, 2018
Aguero’s first hat-trick for City came in just his third start for the club, and by the end of September he had already set his precedent with eight league goals to his name.
All three goals against Wigan were right-footed efforts which finished up in the bottom corner, the first two more precise before he ran through and slotted past the stranded Ali Al-Habsi for a third.
Check out this moment of pure genius from David Silva as he assisted Sergio Aguero in completing a hat-trick against Wigan back in 2011. pic.twitter.com/aDZjDyu4kA
— We Love Man City FC (@WeLoveManCityFC) February 19, 2018
Aguero grabbed his third treble of the 2017-18 season against Leicester, while also becoming the only player to score four goals in a single match that season.
His first two were pretty mundane goals, tapping in after good work from Kevin De Bruyne before beating Kasper Schmeichel at his near post.
The next two were much more like it, as he cut out a poor Schmeichel pass before neatly dinking the ball over the big stopper, and then wowing fans with a thumping finish from 20 yards via the underside of the crossbar.
Aguero became the fifth player in Premier League history to score five goals in a single game, bagging a remarkable personal haul within the space of 20 minutes.
His first three – rounding off a perfect hat-trick in the process – took just eight minutes, City’s fastest ever Premier League treble.
His pick of the goals included a quintessentially Aguero dink from the edge of the box to complete the hat-trick, plus a 20-yard curling strike which found the bottom left-hand corner.
Highlight Of The Week: Sergio Aguero puts five past Newcastle! pic.twitter.com/BFBgjKeFth
— PremClips (@PremClips) October 5, 2015
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