Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has written in his autobiography how he wanted to be like former Manchester United and Liverpool striker Michael Owen.
The retired striker and now football pundit came through the youth ranks at Anfield and went on to represent the Reds 297 times in all competitions, scoring 158 goals in the process.
After stints at Real Madrid and later Newcastle United, Owen had a three-year spell at United where despite not being a regular he managed to become a Premier League champion in 2011.
Aguero’s fond memories of Owen were certainly not of him becoming a league champion with the Red Devils but 13 years prior to that in France 1998.
Watching on as a 10-year-old, the Argentine striker witnessed Michael Owen become a world star as he netted a sublime goal for England during their eventual 2-2 penalty shootout loss to the South Americans.
"City fans might not want to hear it. But when I was a kid I wanted to be Michael Owen." He wrote, quoted by ESPN.
"I've always liked Liverpool. I'd play a lot of video games and I'd be them, because they played in red, like Independiente, my first club, Arsenal or Chelsea.”
"When I saw Owen score that goal for England against Argentina in 1998 I thought: 'You little s***!' Even aged 10, I knew they couldn't allow him that much space. He was a terrific player at that time."
Upon hearing of Aguero's revelation, Owen Tweeted:
Aguero: "City fans might not want to hear it but when I was a kid I wanted to be Owen. I've always liked Liverpool." Nice one, Sergio!— michael owen (@themichaelowen) octubre 24, 2014
Aguero has started this season in fantastic form, netting nine Premier League goals in eight matches including a four-goal haul during the Citizens’ 4-1 thrashing of Tottenham Hotspur.
He has been a prolific scorer since joining the Etihad outfit in 2011 and will go down in history as the man who fired the club to their first top-flight title since the 1967/8 season.