Aguero is also now back on top of the Premier League scoring charts, albeit only one ahead of Mo Salah, Harry Kane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. His shooting accuracy is actually behind all three of his chief rivals for the Golden Boot, although his six efforts against the woodwork is a season high for the division so far. Not that either Aguero or his manager Pep Guardiola – who scooped the manager award for the month, not surprisingly – will care, with City now in charge of their own destiny as they look to retain their league title for the first time.
The 30-year-old’s sixth award comes at the expense of a shortlist featuring, among others, December winner Virgil van Dijk, the Dutchman’s in-form teammate Sadio Mane and the Manchester United pair of Paul Pogba and Luke Shaw.
Aguero’s ability to score goals in big moments is up there with the greats of the Premier League era. This season alone, he already has eight goals from games against the other teams in the top six – and City are still yet to play reverse fixtures against United and Tottenham. By way of comparison, Mo Salah has only one – and that was the fourth in Liverpool’s 5-1 rout of Arsenal in December.
That’s not to say the Argentinian saves all his goals for the big opponents. Aguero is now the eighth top-scorer in Premier League history; he will pass Jermain Defoe and Robbie Fowler before long, with Thierry Henry in fifth only 14 ahead of his current mark of 161. The Frenchman’s ratio of 0.68 goals per Premier League game is one of very few to even compare to Aguero’s remarkable current record of 0.7. Harry Kane, 36 behind the Argentine for now, boasts a similar ratio, with Alan Shearer’s record 260 goals scored at a rate of 0.59 per game.