What constitutes a wasted talent in football? As Michael Owen has made his move to Stoke City, many have been left to analyse his period at Manchester United, which amounted to little more than a three-year bench warming exercise for the one time European footballer of the year. He had so much more to offer the Premier League, but yet chose prestige over game time. Not the wisest decision, in some people’s books.
But in the grand old scheme of things, Owen’s decision isn’t all that bad compared to some of these gentlemen. The talent of these 10 men was never really in any doubt, but what they were able to do off the pitch always seemed to affect their abilities, on it.
A penchant for clubs, casinos, dentist chairs and a damnright contempt for turning up to training have, all seen their careers plummet. Where as they should still have been playing at the highest level, some now face a career of footballing exile or a period on the after-dinners circuit. So have a flick through, have a read and see if you still rate Michael Owen as a wasted talent.
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