Blue-eyed boy: Aguero produced a piece of magic to win the match

By Emma Sanders

Sergio Aguero has revealed his childhood hero was Michael Owen.

Talksport cited autobiography of the Manchester City ace, where he names the former Manchester United and Liverpool striker as an inspiration.

“City fans might not want to hear it, but when I was a kid I wanted to be Owen,” the feature quotes Aguero as saying. “I’ve always liked Liverpool,” he added.

Michael Owen was a graduate of Liverpool’s academy and spent the first eight years of his professional career at Anfield.

The former England striker became one of the biggest names in football and broke a number of records after making his Liverpool debut at the age of 17.

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He was sold to Real Madrid in 2004 for around £8 million after making over 200 league appearances for Liverpool.

Owen scored 118 goals during a hugely successful spell with the Merseysiders but injuries struck following his departure and prematurely ended his career.

Sir Alex Ferguson controversially signed Owen on a free in July 2009 and the striker went on to make 31 league appearances for United, only six of them from the starting line-up.

Owen’s greatest contribution whilst at United was scoring a stoppage-time winner against Manchester City in a 4-3 derby victory in 2009.

With Aguero’s father-in-law being Diego Maradona, it may come as a shock to a number of Manchester City fans to find out their star man was inspired by two of their rival’s former player.

In other Liverpool news, midfielder Jordan Henderson gives his verdict on Wayne Rooney’s role for England.