Manchester City striker Aguero motivated by Pellegrini praise

The Argentine is keen to live up to the acclaim bestowed on him by his Chilean boss, while he also revealed that he does not dive because he is "really bad" at it
Sergio Aguero is determined to prove he deserves to be rated alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Manchester City's Argentine forward has contributed 65 goals in 107 appearances following his arrival from Atletico Madrid in July 2011.

His form this season prompted manager Manuel Pellegrini to suggest that only Messi and Ronaldo are operating at a higher level than Aguero, and the 25-year-old is keen to vindicate the Chilean's faith in him.

"It's really high praise," Aguero told the Daily Telegraph.

"To be mentioned in the same breath as those two guys is great. It's an extra incentive for me to prove every time I play that I can be compared to those guys.

"You're always very happy when you hear your manager speak highly of you, but now it’s down to me to back that up every time I go on to the pitch in every game."

Aguero also revealed that he briefly contemplated going down inside the box prior to scoring the winning goal against QPR that clinched City the title in 2011-12, but says he is terrible at diving.

"Against QPR, the first thought that came into my head when I received the ball was that I had been caught on my heel and ankle," he added.

"I thought about going down, but because I have this fear about not being a very good diver, I stayed on my feet.

"It was a split-second thought to go down for a penalty, because it definitely was one, but I stayed on my feet and scored, so it was the right decision.

"It's funny because many people – my parents, friends and team-mates – have told me that I need to go down more. My reaction, though is that it would be an automatic yellow because I am really bad at it."