Lionel Messi

Sergio Aguero’s phenomenal goalscoring exploits for Manchester City make him one of the best in world football but Lionel Messi is better according to Pep Guardiola.

Sergio Aguero, Lionel Messi

Aguero fired a hat-trick in City’s 6-1 demolition of Aston Villa on Sunday, replacing Thierry Henry as the most prolific overseas player in Premier League history.

“The best is Messi,” he smiled, before a follow-up enquiry pondered whether Aguero was the finest out-and-out striker he had handled in his decorated career.

Guardiola added: “Messi is [the best] number nine, number 10, number 11, number seven, number six, number five, number four…

“But Sergio, [among] the rest, he is certainly one of them. I said many times, he will die scoring goals. It is his talent.”