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Richard Dunne on the most difficult opponent he faced in the Premier League....Thierry Henry ruled out

Richard Dunne gave his views to BT Sport after watching Sergio Aguero become Manchester City's record goal scorer. Picture: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Richard Dunne gave his views to BT Sport after watching Sergio Aguero become Manchester City's record goal scorer. Picture: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Richard Dunne has hailed Sergio Aguero as the best striker he has faced in the Premier League, on a night when the Argentine forward became Manchester City’s all-time record goal scorer.

Former City and Ireland defender Dunne lavished praise on Aguero as he fired his 178th goal for the club in a 4-2 win over Napoli in the Champions League, taking him past Eric Brook's long-standing record.

The Argentina international joined Nicolas Otamendi, John Stones and Raheem Sterling on the scoresheet as City booked their place in the knockout stages, with Dunne suggesting he is a step ahead of Arsenal striker Thierry Henry and Newcastle legend Alan Shearer in the battle to be hailed as the most complete striker of the Premier League era.

Dunne and Henry shared an iconic moment together on the pitch in Paris back in 2009, when the French striker admitted he handled the ball to set up a crucial goal for the home side, but that infamous incident did not appear to come into his deliberations as he offered up these views to BT Sport on the best forward he has faced.

“I have played against Aguero, Henry and Shearer and for me he has it all,” said Dunne of City’s record breaker. “His low centre of gravity, he moves the ball so quickly and he gets so much power in his shots. His movement is something else.

“Henry was a top player, but for me he (Aguero) is physically stronger, he has more power in his shots and he appears to love scoring more than Henry.”

Thierry Henry sits with Richard Dunne after his handball helped France to a play-off win in 2009. Photo: Sportsfile
Thierry Henry sits with Richard Dunne after his handball helped France to a play-off win in 2009. Photo: Sportsfile

Meanwhile, Aguero toasted his his record breaking goal, as he promised his jersey would be a special present for his young son.

“I am very happy for this moment,” he declared. “I am happy because the team helped support me with the City fans and the staff. Thank you very much for everyone. Now, I am enjoying this moment.

“I am very happy. This moment is once in a lifetime. This (shirt) is for my son. He text me to say: if I score, to bring the shirt to him.”

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