Goal machine Aguero could post Messi and Ronaldo-like numbers this season

The Manchester City striker has struck six times in his opening four Premier League matches and is on schedule to post his best ever goal tally.

Sergio Aguero has been so consistently good for the past decade that his goals almost go unnoticed these days.

Since Aguero joined City in 2011, he has scored more goals than anyone in England (170) and his ratio of one goal every 106 minutes is better than any other player to have made a minimum of 50 Premier League appearances.

He has scored at least 28 goals in all competitions for the past six seasons, with 20 or more in the Premier League alone for the past five campaigns.

However, at 31, Aguero could be getting even more ruthless.

So far this season, he is averaging a goal every every 44.5 minutes and his second strike against Brighton was his seventh consecutive shot on target to have resulted in a goal.

Only Chris Sutton, for Blackburn in 1997, and Edin Dzeko, for City in 2011, had previously scored six Premier League goals in August.

Not bad considering he was a 69th-minute substitute in the season opener at West Ham and replaced midway through the second half of the 2-2 draw with Tottenham a week later.

If he continues at this rate, this could finally be the season when he goes from a great striker to an incredible striker.

In an era where Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo – two of the greatest players of all time – tower over everyone in terms of strike-rates, he could join them at the pinnacle of the game with a season of 40-plus goals.

As a team, City already score as many goals as anyone in Europe – 143 and 169 for the past two seasons, compared to 141 and 138 at Messi’s Barcelona, and 148 and 86 at Ronaldo’s Real Madrid and Juventus, respectively.

But in those two campaigns, Messi scored 45 and 51, Ronaldo bagged 44 and 28, while Aguero notched only 30 and 32.

Aguero has always been curiously been overlooked for personal honours.

Posting similar numbers to Messi and Ronaldo would change all that, though.

This could be the year.