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 Villaâ€™s striking spearhead, admits it almost came at a hefty cost.
â€śAll I ever wanted to do was be a striker,â€ť said Benteke, 21, whose youth teams included Standard Liege and Genk â€“ the side Villa signed him from.
â€śI used to score lots of goals but that wasnâ€™t surprising because I was taller than everybody else.
â€śI grew very quickly but it sometimes posed a problem.
â€śWhen we played against other clubs I often had to show my identity card because they didnâ€™t believe my age! They thought I was older than I actually was.â€ť