Frank Lampard believes Manchester City team-mate Sergio Aguero should be considered in the same bracket as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
On the same night that the Barcelona ace scored three against APOEL to
become the Champions League's all-time leading scorer, overtaking Real
Madrid legend Raul's record, Aguero was bagging a hat-trick against
Bayern Munich to keep City's qualification hopes alive.
Lampard is confident that the former Atletico Madrid striker, who tops
the Premier League's goalscoring charts this season, can mimic his
compatriot's accolades if he maintains his current form, maintaining he
is of a similar quality to him and Cristiano Ronaldo.
it’s in his hands," the veteran told reporters. "It's a big call to
make. Ability-wise, from seeing him at close quarters, he's in that
"If he can carry on with this form, doing it week-in
and week-out, which he is doing, then people will talk about him in the
same breath as them.
"I haven't been fortunate enough to play
with those two - I've admired them from afar - but, in terms of ability,
he's certainly right up there."
Lampard does not believe that
there is an out-and-out striker who can touch Aguero right now, though
he admits that he will always see Didier Drogba, at his peak, as "the
He continued: "[Aguero]'s top of the world football
strikers. When you have people like that, it makes things easier because
Sergio takes the majority of his chances - he took every one of his
chances against Bayern.
"World-class strikers help you win
games, win points and go through. I'm fortunate enough to have played
with Didier Drogba, who, for me, was the greatest [striker], but it's
very hard to compare those two because their style is so different.
"But in terms of pure finishing, electric pace, in my first few days
training here my friends and other people were asking 'who does this or
that in training?' and I said 'this Aguero is just different class'.
He's proved that. He can't stop scoring."