Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola insists Sergio Aguero will "die scoring goals" after his record-breaking hat-trick demolished Aston Villa.
The Argentina international's treble in City's 6-1 romp made him the Premier League's record overseas scorer with 177 goals.
He moved ahead of Frenchman Thierry Henry and drew level with Frank Lampard in fourth spot in the all-time stakes.
Riyad Mahrez grabbed a first-half brace with Gabriel Jesus also netting after Aguero's first to make it 4-0 at the interval.
City were relentless with Aguero - who now has 249 goals for the club in all competitions - wrapping up his treble in the second half to set a new Premier League record of 12 hat-tricks, passing Alan Shearer's mark.
Guardiola said: "He will die scoring goals. He is one of the best, no doubt. The best is (Lionel) Messi but the rest? Sergio is absolutely one of them.
"All the players in the locker room congratulated him. To break this record of an incredible legend like Thierry Henry it means it's not just for a short period, it's many years.
"To be the foreign player with the most goals and hat-tricks speaks for itself.
"It's an honour to be here the day he achieved that, hopefully he can score more.
"There are players through the incredible history of English football and he is one of them, he helps to make the Premier League and English football better."
Aguero, who joined City from Atletico Madrid in 2011, told Sky Sports after the match: "I'm so happy for the record.
"But I thank my team-mates because they helped me this year. I'm so happy.
"I want to keep scoring more goals, but it all depends on my team-mates. If they pass to me, then it's fine."
City moved above Leicester into second but are still 14 points behind leaders Liverpool in their quest for a third straight title - something Guardiola accepts looks unlikely.
"Forget about it, we would have liked to fight against them but we could not, for many reasons," added Guardiola.
"Everyone made their incredible contribution and now finally after a long time we are second in the table and close to qualifying for the Champions League next season."
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