Sergio Aguero admits his hot goalscoring form is a bittersweet reminder of what could have been this season.
The Manchester City hitman took his goalscoring tally to 22 – the best in the Premier League – in the 1-0 win over Tottenham last Sunday.
But Aguero and his City team-mates had earlier that day seen Chelsea crowned 2015 champions with a 1-0 success of their own against Crystal Palace.
Aguero, 26, with 28 strikes in all competitions this term, predictably would swap a potential Golden Boot win for another title medal.
“I’d rather be competing for the top position of the Premier League,” he told the City website.
“I always say goals are worth more when they let us make great achievements as a team.
“But that’s no longer a possibility, so I hope I keep doing things right in these last three games so we can reach the best position possible and so I can be the top goal-scorer this season.
“I’d be hugely proud of achieving that goal in the games that remain.”
City host QPR on Sunday – a fixture that is imprinted in Aguero’s mind following his final-day title winning goal of three years ago.
“Even if each match is different from one another, it’s inevitable that we’ll remember that 2012 game, right?” said Aguero.
“It’s simply impossible to take that out of your mind because of all it meant to this club, the players and our fans. In any case, things must be put in perspective. That was an incredible, one-of-a-kind day.
“We’ve got to focus on the present to reach the highest possible position so while the memories are very happy ones, this game is a new canvas.”
Aguero was voted City player of the month this week and added: “The way the City fans are with me makes me feel enormously proud.
“I’m very thankful our supporters. They show me affection daily, and have great respect, too. I couldn’t ask for more.”