All good things come to an end and so has Michael Owen’s professional football career. Owen announced that the current season at Stoke City will be his last. “Big day today. I have decided that this will be my last season as a professional footballer.” Owen tweeted.
Lets take a walk down memory lane and remember the legend’s moments with the game. Debuting with Liverpool at just 17 Owen played with many other star clubs in his career – Real Madrid, Newcastle United, Manchester United and finally the club he is retiring from Stoke City. He scored 179 goals in 306 appearances for Liverpool and 40 goals for his country from 89 appearances.
Any fan of Michael Owen will remember his fantastic goal against Argentina during the 1998 World Cup – Owen believes this goal changed his life. He received the FIFA World Cup Best young player award and was coined ‘BBC Sports Personality of the Year’ that year. Besides this he has received various recognitions in his club career- 2 x Premier League Golden Boot, Premier League Player of the Season just to name a few.
Though he leaves football professionally he has already left his mark in the game. A legend we will all remember.
I’ll leave you with some quotes form his personal website about his retirement.
“It is with an immense amount of pride that I am announcing my intention to retire from Professional Football at the end of this season.
Having progressed through the ranks at Liverpool to make my first team debut at 17, before embarking upon spells at Real Madrid, Newcastle United, Manchester United and Stoke City, not to mention representing my country on 89 occasions, I now feel it is the right time to bring the curtain down on my career.
I have been very fortunate in that my career has taken me on a journey that like many young players starting out, I could only have dreamt of.”