Michael Owen is a former English footballer, born on 14th December 1979 in Chester, England. Owen played as a centre-forward throughout his playing career and used both his foot while playing.
Owen was named by the legendary Pele in the FIFA 100 list of the world’s greatest living players.
Owen signed for Liverpool at the age of 12 amidst interest from other clubs like Manchester United and Chelsea.
During the 1995-96 season, Owen scored a hattrick against Manchester United who were the defending FA Youth Cup champions. He would score another hattrick in the opening leg of the semi-final against Crystal Palace. He scored a further couple of goals in the return leg to seal the tie.
Owen missed the first leg of the final against West Ham United but returned for the second leg to score in a 2-1 win. It was the first time that Liverpool had won the FA Youth Cup.
Owen made his debut for the England senior team in February 1998 against Chile. England lost the match 0-2. It made Owen the youngest player to represent England in the century.
Rise to Glory
Owen scored on his senior debut for Liverpool in 1997 against Wimbledon at Selhurst Park.
He had to be the front man for his club after the iconic Robbie Fowler was injured in the following season. He repaid the faith shown in him by scoring 18 times in the league. As a result, he won the Premier League Golden Boot as well as the PFA Young Player of the Year.
Owen retained the Premier League Golden Boot in the 1998-99 season as well scoring a further 18 goals inspite of being injured for the last couple of months of the season.
He helped Liverpool win the Cup Treble in the 2000-01 season. He won the European Player of the Year award as a result of his performances. In the FA Cup final against Arsenal, Owen scored both the goals for his club.
The couple of years after the Cup Treble, Liverpool tried to push ambitiously towards winning the Premier League with Michael Owen at the forefront of that effort. They strongly challenged for the title in the 2001-02 but finished second. Owen scored nineteen times in the league.
The 2002-03 season turned out to be disastrous for Liverpool as they failed to finish among the Champions League spots. Owen scored nineteen times again.
Owen had a less than fashionable single season at Real Madrid scoring thirteen times as Real finished runners-up in the league.
He emerged as a club icon at Newcastle United. He stayed with the Magpies for four seasons and then joined Manchester United. He had to contend to playing second fiddle at Manchester United but scored a memorable hattrick against Vfl Wolfsburg in the UEFA Champions League and scored the winner in the iconic 4-3 injury time win over Manchester City.
After attaining the heights with Liverpool, Owen attained the lows in his single season with Real Madrid. He was often left on the bench to Ruud van Nistelrooy and was widely criticized by the Spanish press.
He returned to the Premier League the following season after Real Madrid bought Brazilian forward Robinho.
Owen started his professional career with Liverpool FC. He moved to Real Madrid in the summer of 2004 for €12 million. After spending a year in Madrid, he returned to England to join Newcastle for €25 million which was a club record fee at that time. In 2009, Owen joined Manchester United on a free transfer after his contract with Newcastle United expired. In 2012, he joined Stoke City where he retired after a season.
Michael Owen was the youngest player in the Premier League to reach 100 goals.
Owen stands 4th in the list of top goal scorers for England with 40 goals.
Owen also appears in the top 10 highest goal scorers of the Premier League with 150 goals, tied with fellow Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer.
Owen retired from the game after the 2012-13 season. Post retirement, Owen is mostly seen doing commentary stints and working as a football pundit on the television.