On 15 August 2007 Marek Hamsik made his Napoli debut. On 15 August 2011 Sergio Aguero made his Man City debut.
Why are we throwing these facts at you?
Because both Hamsik and Aguero stand on the verge of breaking their respective club’s goal records.
That’s a nice fact in itself and even better when you consider they could both become record holders on the same night.
But when you consider that City host Napoli in the Champions League, so both players could reach their milestones in the same game, it really is something else.
Despite starting their City and Napoli careers exactly five years apart fate has brought them together for a Wild West shootout.
And here’s the better news – you can get odds of 100/1 for it to happen tonight in their Champions League fixture.
Aguero is currently one behind Eric Brook on 177 goals having last scored in City’s 5-0 win against Crystal Palace.
A blank against Shakhtar Donetsk means he’s still waiting for the goals to take him past Brook.
He was on the bench against Stoke as Guardiola went with Gabriel Jesus as the weekend, but is likely to be given a starting role against Napoli.
Aguero and Hamsik close to history
- Sergio Aguero and Marek Hamsik need two goals to become record goalscorers
- Man City take on Napoli in the Champions League
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As for Hamsik, the Slovakian midfielder also needs to score twice if he’s to overtake Diego Maradona’s tally of 115 goals in Naples.
In a further quirk of fate, Maradona is Aguero’s son Benjamin’s granddad. And it was Aguero who broke Maradona’s record as the youngest player in Argentinian domestic football.
We’ll give you a second to get your head around all of this.
So, to cut a long story short, Aguero could break City’s goalscoring record while, in the same game, Hamsik breaks Aguero’s son’s granddad’s Napoli record..
Fantastic. We’re going for a long lie down.