Sergio Aguero might not be a guaranteed starter at Manchester City any more, but his goal against Liverpool on Saturday means he is guaranteed a place in the Premier League history books.
The Argentine opened the scoring in the emphatic 5-0 win at the Etihad to take his tally in the English top flight to 124 and become the top scoring non-European player in the division’s history.
It has only taken Aguero 185 appearances across six-and-a-bit seasons to reach that number, and even if he were to leave England anytime soon it is unlikely his record will be caught in the near future with teammate Yaya Toure (62 goals) his nearest competitor still playing.
Here is a look back at the other non-European goal scorers to leave their mark on the Premier League.
Dwight Yorke (Trinidad and Tobago) — 123 goals
Considering Yorke spent 15 seasons in the Premier League, turning out for Aston Villa, Manchester United, Blackburn Rovers, Birmingham City and Sunderland, it might still comes as a slight surprise that he spent so long as the division’s top non-European goalscorer. The former Trinidad and Tobago international scored the bulk of his goals across four seasons, and provided a solid, but not spectacular return the rest of the time. In the 1995-96 and 1996-97 seasons at Villa, in which the club finished fourth and fifth, Yorke netted 34 goals in 72 appearances. Then, in his first two campaigns as a United player, he notched a further 38 in 64 appearances to help them win and then retain the Premier League title.
Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast) — 104 goals
An obvious entrant, but, if anything, it is strange that Drogba didn’t score more in his nine seasons with Chelsea, given the success they enjoyed during that time, winning four Premier League titles. It is true that Drogba’s game was about much more than just scoring goals, but he only managed to hit double figures in the league in five of his nine seasons at Stamford Bridge. Drogba’s most prolific campaign, in which he netted 29 in 32 appearances, came as Chelsea scored 103 goals to win the 2009-10 league title with a goal difference of plus-71.
Emmanuel Adebayor (Togo) — 97 goals
Although he will be remembered by many as a pantomime villain, that doesn’t do justice to Adebayor’s goal-scoring ability. The Togo striker arrived at Arsenal from Monaco in January 2006 as a relative unknown and without a great pedigree, but went on to score 46 goals in 104 Premier League games for the Gunners before moving to Manchester City in 2009. A solid start at City, which saw 14 goals in his first 26 appearances, did not last and from there he went on to Tottenham where he managed 35 over 92 games. Last seen at Crystal Palace in 2015-16, don’t count against him returning to England one more time to score the three goals that will see him join the 100 club.
Yakubu (Nigeria) — 95 goals
For the best part of a decade Yakubu was a handful for any defence. During his first four Premier League campaigns between 2003 and 2007 he was second to only Thierry Henry in terms of goals scored, notching 29 over two years for Portsmouth before adding another 25 in two years at Middlesbrough. That led to him becoming Everton’s then club-record signing, but after the initial promise of 15 goals in his first season he tailed off, adding only 12 more over the next three years. A move to Blackburn in 2011 ended in relegation, but Yakubu did score 18 goals that season, his best ever return. However, that was to be his last spell in the Premier League.
Mark Viduka (Australia) — 92 goals
After making his name north of the Border with 30 goals in 37 games for Celtic, Viduka proved he could also do it in the Premier League when Leeds United signed him for £6m in 2000. That is where he scored the majority of his goals in the English top-flight, with a return of 59 over 130 games, finishing as the club’s top scorer four years in a row before departing when they were relegated in 2004. Three years at Middlesbrough followed but they were not as prolific, returning 26 goals, before two seasons at Newcastle featured seven managers, seven goals and ended in relegation.
Carlos Tevez (Argentina) — 84 goals
The joint arrival of Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano at West Ham in 2006 still ranks as one of the most unexpected transfers the Premier League has witnessed, but it paid off and seven goals and a successful relegation battle later the Argentine was on the move to Manchester United. Nineteen goals in two seasons at Old Trafford saw them win the title twice before “Noisy Neighbours” Manchester City lured him away and inspired the two most prolific seasons of his career — 43 goals in 66 games.
Luis Suarez (Uruguay) — 69 goals
He came, he scored, he almost conquered. Luis Suarez’s time at Liverpool is best remembered as a brilliant, busy blur of goal-scoring excellence. His January 2011 arrival from Ajax for £22.7m was overshadowed by the £35m purchase of Andy Carroll on the same day. And although it took him a season-and-a-half to bed in, during which time he managed 15 goals in 44 games, after that he was almost unstoppable hitting 54 in the next 66 appearances and taking Liverpool to the brink of a first Premier League title. He was also the first non-European to win the PFA Player of the Year award.