Dimitar Berbatov recently admitted to supporting Newcastle United when he was younger, purely due to the fact that he idolised the Magpies' number nine Alan Shearer.
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Speaking to Four Four Two, Berbatov said: "Shearer would smash in goals from all over the place, smashing goals, smashing noses… he was unbelievable, and you know his goal celebration? That was iconic.
"At first I supported Blackburn because Shearer was there, then Newcastle. My parents got me a Newcastle No. 9 shirt because they knew I loved Shearer so much. I would sleep in it."
Shearer is the Premier League's highest ever goalscorer, as the former England international hit 260 goals in 441 appearances - a feat that is yet to be beaten.
Berbatov was always rumoured to be a fan of the Magpies, with Newcastle fans hoping that the Bulgaria international would be making the switch to the North-East, but a move never materialised.
He made over 200 appearances in the Premier League, scoring 94 goals, beginning at Spurs before moving to Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United, and ending with a two-year stint at Craven Cottage with Fulham.
Whilst at United, Berbatov accomplished a milestone only his hero Shearer and Andy Cole had achieved, as the Bulgarian scored five goals in a game against Blackburn Rovers.
Berbatov remarked: "I could have scored six – Paul Robinson saved it!"
"I was the first foreigner to hit five goals in one game, and to be in the company of Shearer and Andy Cole was unbelievable."