Dinner's on Aguero with record on line

Burnley 'keeper Nick Pope bringing down Manchester City's Bernardo Silva which resulted in Sergio Aguero's 30th-minute penalty on Saturday. The Argentinian needs only one more goal to become City's all-time record scorer.
Burnley 'keeper Nick Pope bringing down Manchester City's Bernardo Silva which resulted in Sergio Aguero's 30th-minute penalty on Saturday. The Argentinian needs only one more goal to become City's all-time record scorer.PHOTO: REUTERS
Burnley 'keeper Nick Pope bringing down Manchester City's Bernardo Silva which resulted in Sergio Aguero's 30th-minute penalty on Saturday. The Argentinian needs only one more goal to become City's all-time record scorer.
Burnley 'keeper Nick Pope bringing down Manchester City's Bernardo Silva which resulted in Sergio Aguero's 30th-minute penalty on Saturday. The Argentinian needs only one more goal to become City's all-time record scorer.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON • Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola invited Sergio Aguero to take the squad out for dinner after the Argentinian striker equalled the club's all-time scoring record.

Aguero, 29, broke the deadlock in Saturday's 3-0 Premier League home win over Burnley with a 30th-minute penalty, taking him level with Eric Brook on 177 City goals, achieved between 1927 and 1939.

"Aguero should pay a tribute to us. He should invite us to dinner maybe," Guardiola joked.

"One more goal, it's going to happen sooner or later. He's going to get an amazing record and hopefully, the next one is not the last one."

Aguero, who has eight goals and three assists in all competitions so far this season, was making his first start since breaking a rib in a car crash in Amsterdam three weeks ago.

With second-placed Manchester United crashing to a shock 2-1 defeat at promoted Huddersfield Town, City are now five points clear at the top of the Premier League. They also equalled a club record of 11 successive wins in all competitions.

"The record is (only) good if you lift something, titles or a trophy," Guardiola added. "It means a lot. Of course, it is not easy to win 11 in a row, so it's good."

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    Seasons (and a little more) it took Sergio Aguero to be Manchester City's joint top scorer on 177.

With Aguero in the record books, fellow striker Gabriel Jesus still has a long way to go if he wants to depose the Argentinian hitman.

Jesus has been in blistering form this season, particularly excelling over the past few weeks while Aguero was sidelined with injury.

Three goals and an assist in that time provided proof that the 20-year-old Brazilian is more than capable of leading the line for Guardiola's men.

He has been named in the three-player shortlist for the prestigious Golden Boy award alongside Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele - quite an achievement after arriving in Europe only in January.

"I value our strong relationship off the pitch," Jesus, who has eight goals and one assist in all competitions this season, said. "We have such a strong connection, and we take it onto the pitch."

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 23, 2017, with the headline 'Dinner's on Aguero with record on line'. Print Edition | Subscribe