Is Sergio Aguero the world’s greatest striker?
Ultimately, no. It was an attractive title – right?
After Manchester City’s menacing performance over Newcastle, in which Sergio Agüero scored five of the six goals, raving Man City fans everywhere are surely boasting that Agüero is a formidable player and possibly deserving of the title “World’s Greatest Striker”.
As a sports fan who prefers the red side of Manchester to the blue you may call me bias, however there is some truth to my argument.
To be clear, I’m considering Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as wingers rather than out and out strikers, but that still leaves the likes of Müller, Suárez, Ibrahimović and Lewandowski to challenge Agüero’s claim to the crown, just to name a few.
Though Müller, Suárez and Ibrahimović are all potent in front of goal for their respective clubs, it’s Lewandowski that I’d like to focus on in-particular.
The Polish frontman, who rose to fame under Jürgen Klopp at Borussia Dortmund, before moving to rivals Bayern Munich in early 2014, is also widely considered by many to be the “World’s Greatest Striker”.
I’m sure by now you’ve worked out that the reason I want to compare Agüero and Lewandowski is that they have both scored five goals in a single game this season. When Lewandowski came on at half-time no-one would have expected him to go on to score five goals, but what made this achievement even more spectacular was that he did it in nine minutes… compared to Agüero’s ‘measly’ five goals in twenty minutes.
The key to Lewandowski being so formidable this season is without a doubt consistency, he’s netted twenty-eight goals for club and country and it’s only October, whereas Agüero has struggled to maintain form this season as his five goals were the first time he’d scored since August.
With that in mind it must also be pointed out that Lewandowski hit five against a team that came second in the Bundesliga last year as well as winning the DFB-Pokal, Agüero could only rack up the goals against a woeful Newcastle side…
With Agüero’s recent injury, picked up on international duty, this season certainly doesn’t look favourable for the Argentine as it’s set to side-line him until late November.
City fans are of course hoping for a speedy recovery to bolster their attacking prowess in their chase of the title, but Agüero will certainly find it difficult, or near impossible, to prise the title from Lewandowski of being the “World’s Greatest Striker”.