Sergio Aguero is in red-hot form for Manchester City. But such is the Argentine's quality that you could not necessarily call it the form of his life.
The 26-year-old striker has been a clinical goalscorer all his life and these prolific patches are all-too-frequent.
Claims, however, that Aguero is the best striker in the world - and better than Luis Suarez was last season - are wide of the mark.
Many observers around the footballing world reacted to the forward's hat-trick against Bayern Munich last night with those very words. But they do a great disservice to former Liverpool man Suarez.
|Position||Team||Season||Goals (per game)||Assists||Chances Created||Dribbles Won||Final-third passes||Goals per shot||Tackles Won||Appearances||Mins Played|
|Sergio Agüero||FW||Man City||2014-2015||1||0.06||0.71||2.12||8.53||23%||0.41||17||1,251|
|Sergio Agüero||FW||Man City||2013-2014||0.74||0.26||1.52||1.87||10.52||20%||0.48||23||1,539|
Indeed, as Opta stats show, Aguero can certainly be argued to be the greater no.9; the better natural finisher that is entrusted from anywhere inside the penalty box. He could even be the best finisher in the world, with Diego Costa and Karim Benzema perhaps within the same group.
But look at what else Suarez offers. Yes, Aguero is currently averaging more goals per game than the Uruguayan. He did not last season, though, while that statistic - and his goals per shot ratio - are the only areas Aguero actually beats Suarez in.
In others, the 26-year-old just does not come close to the former Liverpool star. While playing for the Reds last season, Suarez not only scored 31 Premier League goals, he averaged 0.36 assists per game, 2.64 chances created per game, 2.82 dribbles per game and 15.24 successful final-third passes per game.
The Barcelona star also wins roughly double the tackles per game. He is a nuisance for the world's best defenders as he is absolutely everywhere.
That's why those that bluntly dismiss Suarez and say Aguero is the far better striker are simply forgetting the impact the 27-year-old had in England. The Argentine was in his shadow while he was here and, even now, could never be the complete, all-round player the former Liverpool forward is. After all, look how far the Reds have fallen without him.
Clinical finishing is one thing, while there is no denying Aguero's outstanding ability. But could he do what Suarez does better than the man himself? Not at all.