Manchester City star Sergio Aguero has said that he used to idolise former Liverpool striker Michael Owen growing up as he likened his short stance to that of the ex-England international, the Daily Mail reports.
Aguero has long been thought of as one of the best strikers to grace the Premier League as he continues to wow observers and pundits alike with his instincts in front of goal.
Being Argentine, the former Atletico Madrid favourite had a number of greats to look up to as a youngster, including Diego Maradona, Gabriel Batistuta and three-time Serie A winner Hernan Crespo.
Yet Aguero states that he was always a fan of the Premier League, and thus growing up former Liverpool striker Michael Owen was the player then making all of the noise.
“I always liked the Premier League, as a kid. I used to like Liverpool because I liked Michael Owen. He was pretty small so I used to identify with him when I was seven or eight,” Aguero explained, as reported by the Daily Mail.
Michael Owen scored a hatful of goals for Liverpool, netting 118 in 216 Premier League appearances with his biggest input being his two-goal haul against Arsenal in the 2001 FA Cup final.
On the international stage, the Reds’ former idol netted 40 goals in 89 appearances with his solo goal against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup dominating the headlines worldwide.
Topping Owen’s achievements would take some doing, but Aguero has arguably already surpassed his former hero by winning two Premier League titles with Manchester City.
The 27-year-old has 85 league goals in 129 appearances for City, a simply phenomenal scoring record.