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Owen to hang up his boots at the end of the season

Owen pictured here in 1997, during his time at Liverpool.

Owen pictured here in 1997, during his time at Liverpool.

Former Liverpool and Manchester United striker Michael Owen has announced his retirement from football at the end of this season.

The Stoke City striker briefly stated his views on his official website which read, “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.

“None of this would have been possible without the tremendous support I have received from managers, coaches, fellow players, back room staff, the supporters and my own personal sponsors. I would like to thank each and every one for the huge role they have played in helping me reach the top of my profession.”

Owen went on to thank his family for their constant support ‘ through the many ups and downs in my career.’

The striker who rose to fame after he scored a magnificent solo goal during the 1998 World Cup against Argentina, lies 7th in the Premier League all-time top scorers list with 150 goals in 323 Premier League appearances.

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