Michael Owen made his name in the footballing scene at the tender age of 17.

The Englishman went on to play for five different teams in his career, as well as playing for England.

At the end of last season, Owen decided it was time to hang up his boots and retire from professional football.

Injuries blighted Owen's career, but he is no doubt the best footballer England have produced over the last 20 years.

In 1997, he made his debut for England at the age of 17, scoring in the process.

From them on, nobody could of predicted what a sensational footballer he would become.

In the 1997-1998 season of the Premier League, Owen became Liverpool's first choice striker after Robbie Fowler was injured.

In this season, he won the Premier League Golden Boot and was awarded the PFA Young Player of the Year award.

Owen was runners-up to Zinedine Zidane in the World Player of the Year award. He also finished in fourth position in the FIFA World Player of the Year and European Player of the Year international awards.

The 1998-1999 season, was to be start of his injury problems which ultimately ruined his career. He retained the Premier League Golden Boot, despite suffering a hamstring injury against Leeds which would end his season.

His next two season were full of injuries. His main asset to his game was his pace, he could run the speed of light from a static position and Liverpool's game was made around him, sending him through balls for him to run on to.

In the end, his hamstrings couldn't handle it anymore. Even with all of these injuries, Owen still managed to win the Ballon d'Or in 2001 making him the first Englishman to win it since Kevin Keegan.

In 2004, Real Madrid bought Owen for £8million. He joined the Galácticos era with the likes of Raul, David Beckham, Zidane, Figo and the Brazilian Ronaldo. He was mainly used on the bench for Real Madrid, but for the time he played he was an exceptional player.

He left in 2005 to join Newcastle United, this was the start of the decline in his career. He was very injury-plagued in his time at the Toon army, and left them to join Manchester United, where he was mainly used on the bench but is well remembered for scoring the winner against Manchester City in the Manchester derby.

Finally, Michael Owen joined Stoke for the 2012-2013 season, scoring one goal in nine appearances. This goal made him one of the few players to have scored 150 goals in the Premier League.  

After an injury plagued season at Stoke City, Michael Owen decided at the age of 33 that it was time to retire, having netted 150 Premier League goals, 13 La Liga goals and 40 goals in 89 appearances for England.

If Owen could of stayed fit, he would of no doubt of smashed Bobby Charlton's record of 49 goals for England.

Owen will be remembered as a legend, the last Englishman to win the Ballon d'Or, the player who did a solo run against the whole Argentine defence to score in the World Cup, the player who shook the world!

If Michael Owen had managed to stay fit and injury-free for his career, he would of been the best player to ever of graced this Earth.

Maybe if he joined Manchester United instead of Liverpool at the start of his career, with Sir Alex Ferguson's guidance his story would be so much different.

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