Opta-powered fantasy football game Oulala has had a look at the two Argentina forwards Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero ahead of Manchester City's first leg home clash against Barcelona in the Champions League, via their Premier League and La Liga form this season.
With the Manchester City man notching up fewer appearances and minutes due to injuries, the comparison was made on a per 90-minutes basis.
Very few strikers get anywhere near Messi when it comes to goals, however Agüero's strike-rate is not far off at 1.04 goals per-90 minutes to Messi's 1.11. In fact, Agüero actually enjoys more shots per-90 minutes than his friend (5.5 to 4.85), although it is the Barcelona man that has the better shot accuracy with 62% to Agüero's 58%.
Creatively it is Messi that excels. With 2.64 chances created to Agüero's 1.28 and 0.55 assists per 90 minutes against 0.31 from Agüero.
The two final criteria looked at were pass completion and successful dribbles made. It is in-fact Agüero that comes out on top for both. With a pass completion of 85% against Messi's 82% and 56.7% of his attempted dribbles completed to Messi's 52.2%, it's clear that this match-up isn't as one-sided as some may have first thought.
With Sergio Agüero claiming a very respectable three of the seven main performance criteria over Lionel Messi and extremely close for strike-rate, it’s clear that the Manchester City man is more of a match for his compatriot than many might think.