Football

Aguero is fans' pick for Player 
of the Year

ACE: Man City striker Sergio Aguero (far right) firing in the equaliser to spark their 4-1 comeback win over Sunderland.

Manchester City's Argentine striker Sergio Aguero was named Player of the Year in a vote by 250,000 English fans this week - and it probably won't be the last honour he picks up this season.

The 26-year-old, who won the Premier League title with City in May and reached the World Cup final with Argentina in July, topped the Football Supporters Federation (FSF) poll, ahead of City teammate Yaya Toure, Liverpool's Raheem Sterling, Morgan Schneiderlin of Southampton and the Chelsea duo of Eden Hazard and Branislav Ivanovic.

He has scored 19 goals in all competitions already this season and 30 in his last 33 Premier League games.

His unstoppable rocket from 20 metres, which pulled City level at Sunderland yesterday morning (Singapore time), left Sunderland substitute Jozy Altidore exclaiming "Oh my god!".

Aguero has been in superb form all year and, after being honoured by the FSF at its annual gala dinner in London on Monday, he said that the title race was far from over even though City trail leaders Chelsea by six points.

"We are two games behind them, six points, but there is still a long way to go. What is in our favour is that City know how to catch teams - we've done it in the past and can do it again."

Aguero himself is hitting top form with a phenomenal run in recent weeks starting at the end of October, when he scored all four in City's 4-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur.

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He followed that with two against Queens Park Rangers in a 2-2 draw and a match-winning hat-trick in City's 3-2 win over Bayern Munich in the Champions League last week.

His two goals in City's 4-1 win at Sunderland yesterday morning took his tally to 11 goals in his last nine league games.

A candidate for the Fifa World XI and the Fifpro World XI, Aguero is also the front-runner for the English Footballer of the Year award at the end of this season. - Reuters.