By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Sergio Aguero has revealed that his boyhood hero was the former England and Liverpool striker Michael Owen.
The 27-year-old used to follow the Merseysiders from Argentina and had a particular interest in Owen, who was a prolific scorer in his prime.
Speaking to Match of the Day magazine, Aguero said: “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 joined Independiente at the age of nine and broke into the first team as a 15-year-old in 2003, going on to score 23 goals in 54 matches for the 16-times Argentine champions.
He moved to Atletico Madrid at the age of 18 and made his name in Europe as one of the most lethal strikers on the planet before taking his game to another level when he joined Manchester City for £38million in 2011.
Aguero has written himself into City folklore with his goalscoring achievements at Etihad Stadium, scoring 116 goals in 178 matches for the club and being a driving force in their two Premier League titles.
“Now I’m here I reckon, right now, the Premier League is better than not just the Spanish League but probably any other league in the world,” he told Match of the Day.
But the Argentine does not expect to be at Manchester City for the rest of his career.
“I have always said that I want to return to Independiente and I will do just that,” Aguero told French magazine So Foot recently. “I will return to Independiente when my contract with City expires.
‘I do not want to make my comeback when I am too old. If everything goes well, I will return to the club of my heart at the age of 31.”
Manager Manuel Pellegrini revealed at his media briefing on Friday that the striker has still not recovered from the foot injury that has forced him out of City’s last three matches and will miss the club’s home match against Swansea on Saturday afternoon.
It is a blow to City, who have lost two of their last three Premier League clashes and have struggled during Aguero’s absences this season.
Last season’s 26-goal Golden Boot winner is the club’s top scorer with nine goals this season despite also missing six weeks with a hamstring injury he sustained on international duty.