Sergio Aguero can set a new record for the longest goalscoring streak at the start of a Premier League season when Manchester City face Watford on Saturday.
The Argentine netted for the fifth consecutive game during the 3-2 defeat at Norwich on the weekend, taking his tally to seven for the season.
He now shares the record for the best ever goalscoring start to a top-flight campaign with Wayne Rooney and the late Jose Antonio Reyes.
Rooney went on to have the most prolific season of his career after scoring in Manchester United’s opening five games of the 2011/12 season.
Meanwhile, Reyes made an incredibly fast start to the 2004/05 campaign for Arsenal, netting in all of the first five games.
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However, no player in Premier League history has ever scored in each of the opening six games of a season.
Aguero will be taking aim at that record at the Etihad on Sunday, when the struggling Hornets visit the champions.
Watford currently sit rock-bottom of the league following a dreadful start the the campaign, and their goal difference is worse than any other top-flight side.
The 31-year-old striker will take confidence from his sensational record against the visitors.
In seven appearances against Watford, Aguero has a staggering ten goals, including two hat-tricks.
There are usually goals when these two sides meet, with their last encounter ending in a humiliating 6-0 defeat for Watford in the most recent FA Cup final at Wembley.
Can Aguero, City’s all-time leading goalscorer, add another record to his collection this weekend?
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He had to wait a year to make his debut and what a first game it was. He managed to score an own goal before then being sent off.
Woodgate made just 14 appearances in the two seasons he was at Madrid.
22. Julien Faubert
The West Ham right-back was loan to Madrid in 2009 for the second half of the season but made just two appearances.
21. Thomas Gravesen
Another surprise signing of the Madrid Galactico era was that of Everton midfielder.
During two seasons he was in and out of the side and later sold to Celtic for £2million.
20. Nicolas Anelka
Anelka’s time at the LaLiga club was less than successful after a £22.3million transfer from Arsenal in 1999.
Just two goals in 19 league games, and a falling out with Vicente del Bosque, saw him leaving the following summer. He places above Faubert and Graversen because he won the Champions League at the end of that season and scored in both legs of the semi-final.
19. Jerzy Dudek
The goalkeeper moved to Real Madrid in 2007 at the age of 34 with Pepe Reina the number one at Liverpool.
In four years he managed just 12 appearances due to the legendary Iker Casillas’ performances between the sticks.
18. Emmanuel Adebayor
The striker joined on loan from Manchester City for the second half of the 2010/11 season and scored eight goals in 22 games, including a hat-trick on the final day of the league season.
17. Michael Owen
Owen had a slow start to his career in Madrid following his transfer from Liverpool in 2004.
He struggled to score in the early stages of the season but ended with 13 LaLiga goals in his one and only year there.
16. Michael Essien
Jose Mourinho signed Essien on a season-long loan from Chelsea in 2012 after he fell out of favour with Andre Villas-Boas.
He made 35 appearances in total before returning to the Blues the following season.
15. Javier Hernandez
Another striker loaned from the Premier League, this time Hernandez joined on a year-long loan.
He managed just nine goals in 33 games before returning to Manchester United.
14. Lassana Diarra
An £18.88million signing from Portsmouth was perhaps a little surprise as he had previously been sold by Arsenal and Chelsea.
He ended up spending five relatively successful seasons in the Spanish capital before being edged out by Sami Khedira. Diarra won one LaLiga and one Copa del Rey during his time there.
13. Gabriel Heinze
The defender was signed by Real Madrid in 2007 from Manchester United for £8million and won the league title in his first season.
He played a key role in the two seasons he was at the club before leaving for Marseille.
12. Jose Antonio Reyes
The striker was loaned from Arsenal in 2006 for the season.
His most important moment came in the final game of the season when he came off the bench to score twice to help win the league title.
10. Thibaut Courtois
Courtois still has the chance to move up, or down, this list after just one season at Madrid under his belt.
He may have only had eight clean sheets last season but it has been a difficult year for the club and you can expect that to change.
11. Ricardo Carvalho
An ageing Carvalho was a steal at just £6.7million in 2010 from Chelsea.
He ended up spending three seasons with Madrid and won the league title in his second campaign.
9. Alvaro Arbeloa
The defender was a stalwart for Madrid over seven seasons from 2009 to 2016.
He cost just £5million from Liverpool and won one LaLiga title, two Champions Leagues and two Copas del Rey.
8. David Beckham
Beckham may not have enjoyed the success that was billed at the time of his £24.5million transfer in 2003 but was a key part of an exciting Madrid team that contained the likes of Ronaldo, Luis Figo and Zinedine Zidane.
He lasted just four seasons in the Spanish capital, with one league title, before heading to LA Galaxy in the MLS.
7. Arjen Robben
Robben could have been higher on this list had Real not forced him to leave after just two seasons.
He joined from Chelsea in 2007 for £24million and won LaLiga in his first year. He was a crucial member of the team before being sold to Bayern Munich.
Eight league titles, five German cups and one Champions League title later and Bayern have not looked back.
6. Steve McManaman
Just the second English player to play for the club, with the first being Laurie Cunningham.
He was part of a very successful Real side in the early part of the Millennium where he won two league titles and two Champions League titles in four seasons.
After he left the club, former manager Vicente del Bosque said McManaman and Geremi were the two most important players in that squad.
5. Ruud van Nistelrooy
He may have been 30 when he signed for the Spanish club but he proved to be a great signing for just £11million.
Van Nistelrooy scored 64 goals in 96 games over four seasons and he also won two LaLiga titles.
In his first season, he was the top scorer in LaLiga with 25 goals.
4. Xabi Alonso
Alonso was a £30million signing from Liverpool in 2009 and had five successful seasons with the club.
He was an integral figure and won two Copas del Rey, one league and one Champions League.
3. Gareth Bale
A world-record transfer at the time when he was signed from Tottenham for £85million but he has been worth every penny.
Bale has developed a habit of scoring in big finals for Madrid. He scored in the 2014 and two in the 2018 finals as well as a penalty in the 2015 victory.
During his time in the Spanish capital he has won four Champions League titles, one league and one cup.
He has now scored 102 goals in 231 games and will always be an important part of their history no matter how much his relationship may have soured in recent months.
2. Luka Modric
The playmaker has been incredible for Real Madrid after signing for £30million from Tottenham in 2012.
He has won 13 trophies in those seven seasons and a key figure in those four Champions League wins.
Modric has elevated his game over the last few seasons and was given the Ballon d’Or in 2018.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo
There is no argument about who should top this list.
Cristiano Ronaldo may have been a world record signing in 2009 when he joined from Manchester United for £80million but they certainly got value for money.
He scored an incredible 450 goals in 438 games for the club before leaving for Juventus last summer.
Ronaldo won an impressive 15 trophies as well as four Ballon d’Ors during his time in the Spanish capital in one of their most successful eras.
LaLiga club Sevilla, where Reyes began his career and enjoyed two spells, tweeted the news on Saturday afternoon.
“We couldn’t be confirming worse news,” they wrote. “Beloved Sevilla star Jose Antonio Reyes has died in a traffic collision. Rest in peace.”
Tributes were paid to the forward all weekend, including at the Champions League final where they observed a minute’s applause before kick-off, while Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno wore a special T-shirt to honour his former team-mate.
The player’s funeral was held on Monday in his hometown of Utrera, after fans lined the streets as his coffin was driven from Sevilla’s stadium on Sunday.
And Arsenal hero Parlour added his own tribute to his fellow Invincible on talkSPORT on Monday morning.
“It was awful news, I was shocked,” the former Gunners midfielder said on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. “I played with him for three or four months – he signed in the January window of the unbeaten season, but he was some talent.
“He didn’t really settle in England, I think he played about 70 games for Arsenal, but you could see the talent he had.
“What a shame.
“He was a really good lad. Some of the players who played with him for a longer period, Thierry Henry and Cesc Fabregas, they all said what a great guy he was.
Sevilla, where Reyes began his career, tweeted the news on Saturday afternoon, saying: “We couldn’t be confirming worse news. Beloved Sevilla star José Antonio Reyes has died in a traffic collision. Rest in peace.”
His vehicle is thought to have smashed into some concrete blocks by the side of the motorway before flipping over and bursting into flames.
And Canizares, a former Spain team-mate and ex-Valencia goalkeeper, has criticised the 35-year-old for his high-speed driving.
He tweeted: “Reyes does not deserve a tribute like a hero.
“But that does not mean that I don’t regret what happened and that I pray for their souls.”
Reyes’ cousin, Jonathon Reyes, who was sitting on the back seat of the vehicle, also died in the collision.
A third cousin, named as Juan Manuel Calderon, managed to escape the burning vehicle and was rushed to a hospital in Seville.
Circular con exceso de velocidad es una actitud reprochable En el accidente ha habido víctimas además del conductor Reyes no merece un homenaje como si fuera un héroe Pero eso no quita que lamente lo ocurrido y que rece por sus almas Lo intolerable lo encuentro en quien se alegra
The Reds left-back, a substitute for the showdown between Tottenham and Liverpool, could not contain his emotions during the minute’s applause for the former Arsenal and Sevilla striker.
Reyes became a club legend at Sevilla, where he was team-mates with Moreno between 2012 and 2014.
Tottenham substitute Fernando Llorente also appeared teary as the Wanda Metropolitano paid tribute to the former Spain striker.
Llorente also played with his compatriot at Sevilla, between 2015 and 2016.
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The La Liga side, where Reyes began his career, tweeted the news on Saturday afternoon, saying: “We couldn’t be confirming worse news. Beloved Sevilla star José Antonio Reyes has died in a traffic collision. Rest in peace.”
He was a member of the ‘Invincible’ Arsenal side that remained unbeaten for the 2003/04 season and eventually moved back to Spain, initially on loan to Real Madrid in 2006, before joining Atletico Madrid permanently in 2007.
A statement from Arsenal read: “Everyone at Arsenal is devastated by the shocking news that our former player Jose Antonio Reyes has died in a traffic collision in Spain.
“Our thoughts are with all his family, friends and team-mates.
“Jose, who was part of the Invincibles team, was a hugely popular figure at our club and will always hold a special place in our hearts.
“He represented the club on 110 occasions, scoring 23 times and made memorable contributions to our 49-game unbeaten run.
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