Aguero vs Higuain: The battle to be Messi’s understudy continues in first meeting for nine years as Man City host Chelsea

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MANCHESTER CITY host Chelsea in the pick of this weekend’s action – and there’s a secondary plot line set to steal the headlines.

While City aim to increase their lead at the top of the Premier League, the Blues will be desperate to cling on to their spot in the top four.

How Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain stack up, according to the stats
How Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain stack up, according to the stats

But then there’s the battle of the Argentines – as Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain prepare to go head-to-head.

The pair have played second-fiddle to Lionel Messi for well over a decade for the national team, but both have attempted to play the role of first understudy.

Recently, Argentine journalist Marcela Mora y Araujo had her say on Higuain’s battle with Aguero – who was famously married to the daughter of Diego Maradona.

She told Sky Sports: “Not as many people hate Aguero as much as some people hate Higuain.

Aguero and Higuain have always battled to be Messis understudy
Aguero and Higuain have always battled to be Messi’s understudy
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Higuain and Aguero have both been good goal-scorers for Argentina
Higuain and Aguero have both been good goal-scorers for Argentina
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“This could be because he is identified with his boyhood club River Plate, a much bigger club than Aguero’s Independiente, and people who hate River maybe associate him with the club.

“[Higuain] has also become the subject of many memes which go viral, because he has missed crucial chances in important competitions.

“He is perhaps maybe more ‘debated’ as a character. Aguero is popular without being adored, and less controversial.”

But with Aguero and Higuain, who were born just six months apart, set to go toe-to-toe for the first time in nearly a decade – when the pair played for rival Madrid clubs – who is better statistically?

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Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain have always been behind Lionel Messi - even on Argentina's team plane for the 2014 World Cup
Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain have always been behind Lionel Messi – even on Argentina’s team plane for the 2014 World Cup
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Gonzalo Higuain is hoping to continue his hot start to life at Chelsea
Gonzalo Higuain is hoping to continue his hot start to life at Chelsea
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We’ve crunched all the numbers from their league and international career since swapping South America for Europe in 2006.

On the face of things, Aguero has been more successful, playing more games and scoring more goals – both for club and country.

However, Higuain has a superior goals per game record at 0.59 compared to Kun’s 0.57 – while also boasting a better minutes per goal ratio.

Aguero does boast a marginally better goals per game record for Argentina than Higuain, but has one fewer major honour in his career – despite three Prem crowns.

Sunday’s game will go some way to earning one of the stars bragging rights.

But for now, they’re still behind superstar Messi – easily the highest-paid player in world football – in the national pecking order.

Sergio Aguero will be keen to help keep City atop the Prem table
Sergio Aguero will be keen to help keep City atop the Prem table
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