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Mohamed Salah and Sergio Aguero are level on 17 goals in Premier League Golden Boot race... but how do the pair compare on and off the pitch?

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 11/2/2019 Amitai Winehouse For Mailonline

Sergio Aguero moved level with Mohamed Salah on 17 Premier League goals in Manchester City's win against Chelsea.

Salah is the current holder of the Golden Boot and will be looking to retain it. He struck against Bournemouth on Saturday, while Aguero bagged a hat-trick in the game at the Etihad Stadium.

Sportsmail has taken a look at the two forwards and how they compare statistically, when they score, and what they both like, off the pitch.

a person with a red ball: Mohamed Salah struck a goal against Bournemouth to take his personal tally to 17 goals © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mohamed Salah struck a goal against Bournemouth to take his personal tally to 17 goals a man holding a basketball: Sergio Aguero hit a hat-trick of goals against Chelsea to reach the same landmark this season © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Sergio Aguero hit a hat-trick of goals against Chelsea to reach the same landmark this season
SALAH VS AGUERO 
Stats Mohamed Salah Sergio Aguero
Games Played 26 23
Minutes Played 2207 1678
Goals 17 17
Mins/Goal 129.8 98.7
Shots, Total (inc. Blocks) 87 84
Shots, on Target 43 32
Shot Conversion Rate (inc. Blocks) 19.5 20.2
Assists 7 6
Goals + Assists 24 23
Mins/Goal Involvement 92 73
Expected Goals 15.52 14.32
Expected Goals per 90 0.63 0.77

Goalscoring trend 

Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah did score on the opening day of the season and had three goals by the end of September, but struggled to really get going until mid-October, leading to doubts over his form. In December he really hit a run of form, scoring six Premier League goals. January saw three more.

Sergio Aguero

Sergio Aguero has been a consistent goalscorer throughout the season, although he did go through something a dry patch between the end of August and mid-September. 

He has also been ruthless when he has scored, bagging three hat-tricks this campaign in the Premier League already. 

a group of baseball players playing a football game: Salah is now in good goalscoring form after struggling towards the start of the season © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Salah is now in good goalscoring form after struggling towards the start of the season a group of baseball players playing a football game: Aguero has hit a phenomenal three hat-tricks in the Premier League after Sunday's treble © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Aguero has hit a phenomenal three hat-tricks in the Premier League after Sunday's treble

Statistical comparison

Salah has played more football than Aguero in the Premier League this season, posting nearly 600 more minutes of action than his rival. In that time, he has taken three more shots but hit 11 more on target. 

The Egyptian's conversion rate is 19.5 per cent compared to Aguero's 20.2 per cent, which is a minimal difference. They also have fairly comparable assists figures, Salah with seven compared to Aguero on six.

However, Salah posts a lower Expected Goals (xG) per 90 figure, at 0.63 to 0.77. Given the generally small figures involved in xG, that suggests Salah is doing better to put his chances away than Aguero, as the quality of them is slightly less.

a group of men playing a game of football: Aguero has managed to score 17 goals despite playing nearly 600 minutes less football © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Aguero has managed to score 17 goals despite playing nearly 600 minutes less football Salah's Expected Goals figure is lower than Aguero's, which makes his return impressive © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Salah's Expected Goals figure is lower than Aguero's, which makes his return impressive

Off the pitch

Salah

Salah's incredible popularity off the pitch, especially in Egypt, means he is the face for a number of advertising campaigns. He is involved in Pepsi's new behind the scenes-style marketing push, while he has also helped with Adidas and DHL in recent months.

Oh, and he shaved his beard this weekend, giving him a different look.

a close up of a person: Salah shaved his beard this weekend © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Salah shaved his beard this weekend a man wearing a red shirt: He has been involved in Adidas' campaigns © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited He has been involved in Adidas' campaigns

Aguero

Aguero is a notably quiet man off the pitch, as shown by his role in the Manchester City documentary. Still, he has been at the forefront of Puma's new push in the football sphere, helping them launch new ranges.

The striker also changed his look up this season, dying his hair a platinum blond in November.

a close up of Sergio Aguero: A notable off-pitch moment for Aguero this season was his decision to dye his hair blond © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A notable off-pitch moment for Aguero this season was his decision to dye his hair blond a boy sitting on a bed: Aguero has also been involved in recent product launches for Puma, his boot supplier © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Aguero has also been involved in recent product launches for Puma, his boot supplier

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