Sport Sergio Aguero receives treatment on a hamstring injury during Manchester City's 5-1 win over Tottenham

The Argentina striker came off injured in the 5-1 win over Tottenham

<b>Lionel Messi's 86 goals, selected by Jack Pitt-Brooke</b><br/>
In a year when Cristiano Ronaldo finally beat him to the Spanish title, and scored stacks and stacks of wonderful, thrilling, important goals, Lionel Messi still found a way to mark himself out as a player of unique brilliance and importance.
Barcelona lost their Spanish and European titles last season, leading to Pep Guardiola's departure, but it did not stop Messi's relentless accumulation. The incredible thing is that he does not even look particularly bothered by individual accolades, playing just for the sheer fun of it and the benefit of his team-mates. We are lucky to watch the game while he plays it.

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