In this football language post we explain a newspaper headline from the Metro (January 12th 2020) which is all about Sergio Agüero’s record-breaking goals in the win over Aston Villa. Don’t forget we have hundreds more explanations of football language in our football glossary. If you have questions or comments about this or any other phrase then email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Newspaper Headline: ‘Legend’ Agüero Breaks Henry Record
This headline is taken from the Metro, which is a London-based newspaper, from January 12th and is all about Manchester City’s Argentinian striker Sergio Agüero who scored his 177th goal for his club in yesterday’s thrashing of Aston Villa. This figure means that he is the leading overseas scorer in the Premier League era – he overtook French and Arsenal striker Thierry Henry who has scored 175 – and is now in joint fourth place overall with Frank Lampard the former player and current manager of Chelsea.
Of course, English football did not start with the Premier League in 1992-93 – the first league season actually took place in 1888-89 when Preston North End won the title and so if we look at the list of all-time goalscorers we see that former Tottenham, Chelsea and West Ham legend Jimmy Greaves is the highest goalscorer of all time with an incredible 357 goals. He is followed by Newcastle and Blackburn player Alan Shearer who has 283 goals and former Liverpool legend Ian Rush with 233.
The word legend is often used to describe a wonderful player – someone who usually stayed with one club for a long time – and Sergio Agüero is definitely a legend at Manchester City with all their fans constantly singing his praises. Indeed, the headline from the Metro includes the word ‘legend’ as this is a quote or a comment from his manager Pep Guardiola to describe Agüero. The rest of the headline is quite decriptive – there are no puns or figurative language – but a simple fact; ‘Agüero breaks Henry record‘ which means of course that Agüero has overtaken Thierry Henry’s goalscoring record.
- Premier League website: list of Premier League goalscorers
- All time league goalscorers (World Football.net)