Playing for Liverpool, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Stoke City and of course England, has given striker, Michael Owen quite a career, but at the age of 33, the forward has decided to call it a day and retire from football at the end of the season.

After bursting onto the scene as a teenager at Liverpool, he then made a move to Spain to play for Real Madrid but after several injuries and failing to sustain a first-team spot, he then came back to England to join Newcastle.

Whilst at Newcastle, he was once again hit by injury after injury, which eventually saw him leave the club for Manchester United where he endured another injury-plagued spell. 

His final move was to leave Manchester United and join Stoke where it became clear to him that he couldn't continue anymore.

But it hasn't all been negatives and injuries for Michael Owen as we take a look back at his finest moments in football.

5. Winning the Ballon d'Or in 2001

After impressing throughout the year, Owen became only the fourth Englishman to receive the Ballon d'Or joining the likes of Sir Stanley Matthews, Sir Bobby Charlton and Kevin Keegan. Winning the award also meant he was the first ever Liverpool player to do so. Beating players like; Zinedine Zidane, David Beckham, Francesco Totti and Luis Figo just shows how good Owen once was.

4. Scoring a hat-trick against Germany

The famous 5-1 victory over fierce rivals Germany back in 2001 will always be remembered. What should also be remembered was that Owen scored a hat-trick in that game becoming only the second Englishman to score a hat-trick against the Germans. This victory is one of the greatest in England's history and Michael Owen was the frontman in the success.

3. Scoring the winner in Manchester Derby

Back in 2009 one of the greatest all time derbies was played at Old Trafford and it was Michael Owen that once again stole the show. After signing for Manchester United in the summer, many fans were bewildered and not impressed, but after netting a 96th minute winner against fiercest rivals, Manchester City, he soon enough became a hero at the club. 

With a late Manchester City goal to make it 3-3, it seemed that the game was going to end as a draw, but Owen thought otherwise. With four minutes added on at the end of normal time, it was Manchester United pressing and when the clock struck 96 Ryan Giggs picked out Owen who then slotted home to send Old Trafford in to rapture, much to the frustration of Mark Hughes.

2. Winning the FA Cup with a brace

2001 seemed to be the peak of his career as that year’s FA Cup final saw him shine at the Millennium Stadium as he helped Liverpool win the FA Cup with a 2-1 victory over Arsenal. After the Gunners took a 72nd minute lead through Freddie Ljungberg, it looked like the cup was going back to London, but it was Owen who had the last laugh. After scoring two very similar goals late on, Owen and Liverpool were left celebrating as they secured the FA cup and took it back to Merseyside. 

1. That goal against Argentina

This was the moment Owen burst into the spotlight. World Cup 1998, England were in with a good chance of winning and hopes were high (like they are every year) and after easing through the group stage, they then faced Argentina in the knockout stages and it was one moment that shook the nation and the footballing world. The teenager picked the ball up from the half-way line and just ran at the Argentinian defence and after getting into the box, he then smashed the ball into the back of the net to give England a 2-1 lead - a goal that will always be remembered and always be cherished. It really was the goal that was the making of a true English legend.

It is a shame that Owen had to end such a good career in a negative fashion, but he will always be remembered for his earlier days at Liverpool and maybe a few odd moments later on in his career.

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