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Sergio Aguero says watching Michael Owen made him want to play in Premier League

star Sergio Aguero says watching a young Michael Owen take the by storm proved to him that he could still make it in England despite his small stature.

The 31-year-old striker became the top scoring overseas player in Premier League history as he netted a hat-trick against back in January, eclipsing ’s record of 175 goals in the English top flight.

Aguero went on to notch up his 180th goal in City’s 1-0 victory away to Sheffield United before the coronavirus pandemic brought the game to a halt last month.

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This weekend, Aguero caught up with the man he recently overtook in the record books for PUMA Football’s Instagram account and the pair discussed a range of topics, from their time under Pep Guardiola to their experiences of playing alongside Lionel Messi.

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Aguero also went into detail about his admiration for Owen while growing up, stating: ‘When I was a kid, I looked up to Michael Owen. I’ve always said it. Even in my book.

‘I like him because he’s small. He had the number 10 just like in my club and he played as a forward.

‘So I told myself if a small player like him is doing well in the Premier league then I could make it too. Imagine that I was only a kid. I was 9-10 years old.’

Owen, then aged just 18, left Aguero stunned with his incredible solo effort for England against Argentina at the 1998 World Cup.

‘It was in 1997/98/99. He scored this amazing goal with England,’ Aguero continued.

‘I was a kid and when I saw that goal I couldn’t believe my eyes.

‘I was watching the World Cup in my neighbourhood and I was telling everyone that I loved Owen.’

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He added: ‘The Premier League is the best in the world but, at first, my wish was to go and play in Europe. I didn’t think too much, it was just a wish.

‘My goal was to train, train and play in the first-team and then we’ll see. And fortunately  have played in the two best leagues but personally I prefer the Premier League.

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‘There’s such an amazing atmosphere no matter what game you play the stadiums are full. It’s beautiful. Football is fast and on my side. I just love it.’

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