Villa striker Benteke admits battling age doubts

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke admits a growth spurt had people questioning his age as a junior.

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke admits a growth spurt had people questioning his age as a junior.

The 6ft 3in Belgium ace, who has leapt ahead of Darren Bent as Villa’s striking spearhead, admits it almost came at a hefty cost.

“All I ever wanted to do was be a striker,” said Benteke, 21, whose youth teams included Standard Liege and Genk – the side Villa signed him from.

“I used to score lots of goals but that wasn’t surprising because I was taller than everybody else.

“I grew very quickly but it sometimes posed a problem.

“When we played against other clubs I often had to show my identity card because they didn’t believe my age! They thought I was older than I actually was.”

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