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Michael Owen: Ex-England Star To Retire
Former England striker Michael Owen is retiring from professional football at the end of the season at the age of 33.
Owen scored 40 times in 89 England appearances, including a memorable solo goal from the halfway line in a World Cup knockout match against Argentina in 1998.
The tally placed him fourth on the country's all-time scorers list behind Bobby Charlton, Gary Lineker and Jimmy Greaves.
Writing on his personal website, Owen said: "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."
Shortly after his announcement he tweeted: "I'm overwhelmed. So many nice messages. Having known it for a while I thought I would be ok. Reduced to tears watching."
Owen made his first team debut at Liverpool at the age of 17 and later played at Real Madrid, Newcastle United and Manchester United.
At the start of this season he joined Stoke City and has scored one goal in seven appearances.
Owen said none of his achievements "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."
He went on to thank his family, including his father, Terry Owen, who was also a professional footballer, saying: "From those freezing local parks to terrorising the best defenders in the world on the biggest stages of all. I couldn't have done it without you."
In 2001, Owen won the prestigious Ballon d'Or award for European footballer of the year.
He scored 179 goals in 306 appearances for Liverpool, his formative club, but his career lost momentum after he joined Real Madrid in 2004.
Unable to make an impression in Spain, he returned to England with Newcastle the following year, but he became plagued by injuries that ultimately curtailed his England career.
A three-year spell at Manchester United yielded his first Premier League winner's medal, in 2011, but he was only ever used as a back-up player and left the club when his contract expired last year.
Owen, who married Louise Bonsall in 2005, has four children.
Career appearances and goals:
:: Liverpool (1996-2004): 297 games, 158 goals
:: Real Madrid (2004-05): 40 games, 14 goals
:: Newcastle (2005-09): 79 games, 30 goals
:: Man Utd (2009-12): 52 games, 17 goals
:: Stoke (2012-13) 7 games, one goal
:: England (1998-2008): 89 caps, 40 goals
what do you think?
About time!!!! ;-)
I thought he already had hes just a bench warmer now
Thought he retired when he left liverpool
Thought Liverpool retired in the 80's
Was not here in the 80s mate
Liverpool retired when they won their own European cup, outright. Owen retired about ten years ago, just sat on the bench and took the cash.
Good luck Michael, he never got over the injury when playing for England.
See we are both geting the thumbs down lol
Yes must be the mancs. I think he left Liverpool to early in his career.
Why would the Mancs give a thumbs down , he was once a Man U player, as well as Liverpool. And he was born near Chester, so that can't be it.
Retired from what? Horse racing?