Michael Owen: A career to remember
After Michael Owen announced he is to retire at the end of the season, here's a look back at his remarkable career
Michael Owen's decision to retire was perhaps the correct one given his spate of injuries and recent lack of game time.
The former Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle, Manchester United and current Stoke City star has enjoyed a fantastic career at both club and international level.
It's important we look back on his career and celebrate his achievements rather than think what could have been if injuries had not affected him so much. By looking at the negatives we are not celebrating the undoubted positives that his career has had.
Owen, as an England player, is best remembered for his goal against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup and his hat-trick against Germany in Munich. At club level, Owen has scored countless goals with a very impressive goals per game ratio, particularly for Liverpool where he enjoyed the best of his career.
From scoring in el Clasico to popping up with the winner in the Manchester derby, Owen has had some incredible highs on the football pitch.
During his illustrious career Owen has won countless awards and broken numerous records.
The most coveted award has to be the Ballon d'Or in 2001 after helping Liverpool complete the unique treble of the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup. He is one of only seven players to have scored 150 Premier League goals and is the youngest player to have reached 100 Premier League goals.
Internationally Owen holds the record of scoring 26 competitive goals for England and overall has 40 goals in 89 appearances. If Owen had not been blighted by injury then he would have surely broken the national record of goals and probably appearances.
What is often forgotten about Owen is how he conducts his personal life. He has invested his vast earnings wisely in both horses and housing. He does not waste his wealth and is a role model for all youngsters to look up to. This is just as important as all the trophies and personal accolades he has achieved.
All in all Michael Owen is one of England's greatest players and will be remembered as such. Yes, injuries have been an issue throughout his career but we shouldn't dwell on them and instead focus on the positive memories that Owen's legacy will leave for us all. We will all have our own favourite.
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