Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes striker Sergio Aguero is one of the best players in the world, behind only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Aguero scored five goals to help the Citizens to a comfortable 6-1 victory over Newcastle United at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon, ending his goal-scoring drought in the Premier League this season.
The Argentina international performance drew widespread praise, prompting some to suggest the frontman deserves to be put in the same bracket at Messi and Ronaldo.
When asked to comment on such comparisons, Pellegrini said: "After what we have seen [against Newcastle] of course Kun [Aguero] is at that level.
"I have already said that, after Ronaldo and Messi, he is the best player in the world.
"But the important thing – not only for Kun but as a team – is that we must continue to improve.
"We need to win the Premier League again and to win the Champions League, because Messi and Ronaldo are always involved in that competition and that's very important for a player.
"I'm very happy for us that in Kun we have a very important player. He always makes important things in competitions."