Gareth Barry tips City star to be top-scorer in Brazil

Gareth Barry says Manchester City's Sergio Aguero will be top-scorer at the World Cup, and tips Ross Barkley to shine

Former Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry has said Sergio Aguero will be the top-scorer at the World Cup in Brazil this summer.

Barry played with Aguero at City between 2011-2013, and has tipped the striker to shine on the biggest stage.

Barry also believes that it is between Augero’s Argentina and host nation Brazil for the ultimate prize of winning the tournament, whilst saying his recent Everton team-mate Ross Barkley ‘could surprise a few players in the world’.

“When it’s featured in South America generally the home nations have been strong, so I probably wouldn’t look past those two,” Barry told the official Everton site.

“For top-scorer I’ll go for my old team-mate Aguero, he’s peaking and he could do well.”

Barry missed out on selection for England for this summer’s tournament in Brazil, despite calls for his inclusion after a good season with Everton. But Roy Hodgson overlooked the 33-year-old for the likes of Jordan Henderson, Ross Barkley and James Milner as possible central midfield options.

The former Aston Villa and Manchester City man is currently without a club despite starring for Everton in a season that saw them finish fifth last month. Barry played 32 Premier League games and scored three times for the Toffee’s, and was an integral part of their solid season under new manager Roberto Martinez.

Barry has been linked with the likes of West Ham United and newly promoted Leicester City as his next move, with Everton yet to declare whether they will bring him back to Goodison Park for another season.

Although at an age that may see him overlooked by bigger clubs, Barry certainly showcased last season why he’d still be a valuable asset to any side chasing Champions League football next year.

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