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