Sergio Aguero has acknowledged what the rest of us already knew, Alan Shearer is the greatest goalscorer the Premier League has seen in its 25 year existence.

The Manchester striker is hoping to move into the top 20 Premier League goalscorers and needs three more to overtake Ryan Giggs who is currently in twentieth spot with 109.

However, the 28 year old Argentinian needs an unlikely looking 154 more strikes to overtake the Newcastle legend. The modern day (Shearer-less) Newcastle teams have done their best to help the Man City striker, allowing him to score 11 goals in just nine matches against Newcastle, including an embarrassing five in 20 minutes last season at the Etihad.

No surprise then that Sergio Aguero declares ‘Without a doubt, for his goal tally and lead over everybody else, Alan Shearer deserves to be on the podium’, when it comes to being the best the Premier League has ever seen.

Sergio Aguero speaking to the official Man City site:

“There are some great names in the Premier League top 20, but without a doubt, for his goal tally and lead over everybody else, Alan Shearer deserves to be on the podium.

“That said, there are a number of other players I admire. I’d say it’s a matter of taste or playing style because the Premier League has hosted many of the greats – and still does: Michael Owen, Wayne Rooney and Thierry Henry to name just a few.”

Interesting of course to see in the current Top 20, that Alan Shearer is just one of four Newcastle players to feature in the top eight.

Of the twenty, only two are still playing in the Premier League, and clearly neither Wayne Rooney (66 behind) or Jermain Defoe (113 behind) are going to trouble the top man.

It reminds you of just how great Alan Shearer was and the dedication he showed by sticking with Newcastle, when he could have signed for any club in the world.

That loyalty and quality are very rare and as for coming together in one package…it simply doesn’t exist in any other individual now.

The Premier League Top 20

1             Alan Shearer (Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle United) 260

2             Wayne Rooney (Everton, Man United) 194

3             Andy Cole (Newcastle, Man United, Blackburn, Fulham, City, Portsmouth) 187

4             Frank Lampard  (West Ham United, Chelsea, City) 177

5             Thierry Henry (Arsenal) 175

6             Robbie Fowler (Liverpool, Leeds United, City) 163

7             Michael Owen (Liverpool, Newcastle, Man United, Stoke City) 150

8             Les Ferdinand (QPR, Newcastle, Spurs, West Ham, Leicester City, Bolton (149)

9             Jermain Defoe (West Ham, Portsmouth, Spurs, Sunderland) 147

10           Teddy Sheringham (N Forest, Spurs, Man United, Portsmouth, West Ham) 146

11           Robin van Persie (Arsenal, Man United) 144

12           Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (Leeds United, Chelsea, Middlesbrough, Charlton) 127

13           Robbie Keane (Coventry, Leeds, Spurs, Liverpool, West Ham, Aston Villa) 126

14           Nicolas Anelka (Arsenal, Liverpool, City, Bolton, Chelsea, WBA) 125

15           Dwight Yorke (A Villa, Man United, Blackburn, Birmingham, Sunderland) 123

16           Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) 120

17           Ian Wright (Arsenal, West Ham) 113

18           Dion Dublin (Man United, Coventry City, Aston Villa) 111

19           Emile Heskey (Leicester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Wigan A, Aston Villa) 110

20           Ryan Giggs (Manchester United) 109