Michael Owen today announced that he is set to retire from professional football at the end of this season.
In a statement released on his website, the 33-year-old striker said: “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.”
Owen, who has only appeared in six matches for Stoke City this season, is a far cry from the speedy striker that took the Premier League by storm in the late 1990s.
Owen made his professional debut with Liverpool at 17. Less than a year later, he made his international debut with England, becoming the youngest player to represent his country at the time. His astounding goal against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup is the most famous of his 40 goals scored during his 89 caps for England.
However, continuous hamstring injuries greatly deteriorated Owen’s effectiveness. After leaving Liverpool in 2004, he spent time with Real Madrid, Newcastle United, and Stoke City.
Owen’s statement expressed the utmost gratitude toward everyone who has helped him on the way. While thanking his family members, he paid special regards to his father Terry Owen: “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.”
Some more of his career highlights include: 2-time Premier League Golden Boot winner (1997-98 and 1998-99) and Ballon d’Or winner (2001).