By Tom Collomosse For The Daily Mail
Published: 20:09 GMT, 12 January 2020 | Updated: 22:03 GMT, 12 January 2020
Pep Guardiola hailed Sergio Aguero as a ‘legend’ after the Argentina striker wrote himself into history with a hat-trick to become the most prolific overseas player in English football.
The forward’s goals in Manchester City’s 6-1 win at Aston Villa saw him reach 177 and move past Thierry Henry, who finished at Arsenal with 175. Aguero’s hat-trick was his 12th since joining City in 2011 — another record, overtaking Alan Shearer.
Guardiola said: ‘He’s a legend and the legend rose tonight. He’s an incredible person and I like to work with nice people.’
Sergio Aguero’s hat-trick for Manchester City in the 6-1 win at Aston Villa took his tally to 177
Posting on Twitter, Aguero, 31, added: ‘It’s truly moving to reach new milestones alongside legends like Thierry Henry, Frank Lampard and Alan Shearer.’
The 31-year-old’s contract at City expires at the end of next season, and he indicated last May that he would be keen to return to his boyhood club Independiente in Argentina.
Guardiola said: ‘It depends on him and the club. It’s his decision. There are many of these kind of players through the history of English football, and he helps to make the Premier League and English football better.
‘The best [player I’ve worked with] is Messi but of the rest, Sergio is absolutely one of the best, no