Sergio Aguero was heralded “a legend” by his boss after rewriting the Manchester City record book.
Aguero found the back of the net once again on Wednesday as City beat Napoli 4-2 in the Champions League.
It was the Argentine’s 178th goal for the club and moved him one above Eric Brook on City’s career scoring list.
“When one guy has achieved all he has achieved then it’s big congratulations go to him,” manager Pep Guardiola said.
“It’s a big record for him. He is a legend for the club and their history.
“He has to enjoy it and everybody has to be proud of that.”
The 69th-minute goal was crucial as it broke a 2-2 deadlock and propelled City into the knockout stages for the fifth straight season.
“I am very happy for this moment,” Aguero told the club’s website. “I am more happy for the win and to qualify.
“I think every game to play 100 per cent. When I don’t score it’s fine because what’s important is to win.”
It took Aguero just 264 games to eclipse the record set by Brook in 494 matches between 1928 and 1940.
The 29-year-old joined City from Atletico Madrid in 2011 and made an immediate impact by scoring twice on his debut.
He’d go on to score 30 goals in that season, the last a famous 94th-minute winner against Queens Park Rangers on the final day of the season that gave City their first league title in 44 years.
After averaging more than 30 goals in his first six campaign at City, Aguero has continued his fine form this season with nine in 11 games.
“He is a world-class finisher but part of what makes him so special is his consistency,” Alan Shearer, the Premier League’s record scorer with 260 goals, told the BBC.
“He has been scoring at an incredible rate for City for more than six seasons now, not just two or three.
“There is no doubt Aguero is also one of the best strikers of the entire Premier League era.
“His scoring statistics in that competition alone – 129 goals in 188 appearances – tell you how good he is.”
Aguero’s record goal came in the same San Paolo Stadium where his former father-in-law and Argentina legend Diego Maradona helped Napoli win two Serie A titles.
And afterwards the forward said he had a souvenir for his eight-year-old son Benjamin to mark the historic occasion.
“This shirt is for my son,” Augero said. “He texted me to say: ‘As soon as you score, bring me the shirt.’
“I am bringing the shirt back to my son. My family called from Argentina, they were watching me.”