Dimitar Berbatov has been talking about his obsession with Alan Shearer.
The former Bulgarian international striker as long been noted as a childhood Newcastle fan.
However, the former striker now says that he was originally a Blackburn fan, then converted to Newcastle only when Alan Shearer returned home.
Dimitar Berbatov was only 11 when Shearer joined Blackburn and then 15 when the number nine signed on at St James Park.
Berbatov very quickly became a star in his homeland after making his debut for CSKA Sofia as an 18 year old, then at the age of 20 made the big move when joining Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen as a 20 year old.
Sir Bobby Robson’s Newcastle beat Bayer Leverkusen 3-1 both home and away in the Champions League in 2002/03, though Dimitar Berbatov wasn’t involved in either matchday squad, presumably injured?
Dimitar Berbatov speaking to FourFourTwo magazine in their new issue which is out tomorrow:
“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.
“Later I lost it, but I went to see my mum recently and she had a shirt for me.
“I said, ‘What the fu..? That’s my Newcastle shirt!’ I was so happy to see it again.
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As i told you, mothers keep everything! So i go to see my mom and what i find! The shirt she and my dad made for me when i was 15 years old and big fan of 2 people – @ashearer9 and @marcovanbasten 😁⚽️🤙🏻 I was dreaming of playing in @premierleague with N9 and scoring goals like Shearer! In the end i made it 🎆🤙🏻⚽️ So happy birthday to the legend @ashearer9 from me and my daughter😁🎆 And the shirt still fits me… what 😂🤔 #football #dreamscometrue #goals
“I was the first foreigner to hit five goals in one game (v Blackburn in November 2010), and to be in the company of Shearer and Andy Cole was unbelievable.
“I always say that coming from a smaller nation (such as Bulgaria) makes it more special and that’s the truth.
“It was a great achievement.”