The 21-year-old couldnâ€™t believe the adoration his high-profile Âteam-mates attracted during Chelseaâ€™s pre-season tour to Asia.
And after witnessing first hand the esteem in which they are held, he admits heâ€™d love some of the action himself ... and sooner rather than later.
Sturridge told the People: â€œThese guys have worldwide recognition. Seeing them come to countries such as Malaysia, Thailand and Hong Kong, and the rapport they have with fans, the way people look at them, theyâ€™re like gods out here.
â€œAnd hopefully, not in 10 yearsâ€™ time but in a couple of yearsâ€™ time, I will have that.
â€œIâ€™m learning loads from Nando and Didier, but not just those two, from Nicolas Anelka and Salomon Kalou as well.
â€œTheyâ€™re all older than me and theyâ€™re all teaching me different Âattributes from their games. I like to take a few little things from them and put them into my own game.
â€œI want to push myself in world football as far as I possibly can and not just be content with playing in the Premier League. I want to become one of the biggest Âplayers around. I donâ€™t want to be content with just being an average player."