Robbie Savage isn’t everybody’s cup of tea but he’s forged out a decent post-playing career for himself as a pundit.
The former Premier League midfielder, who played for the likes of Leicester City and Blackburn Rovers, worked for several years on BBC Radio 5 Live’s 6-0-6 show after hanging up his boots in 2011 and now features prominently on our TV screens.
Savage currently works for both BBC Sport and BT Sport, with whom he operates as both as a pundit and, on the odd occasion, co-commentator.
He receives more than his fair share of stick from football fans on social media but that doesn’t seem to bother him.
The Mirror recently rated every pundit and Savage finished 29/39. Not great but still above the likes of Owen Hargreaves, Glenn Hoddle and Steve McManaman.
The pundit who finished rock bottom of that list, just behind Garth Crooks, was Michael Owen.
The former Liverpool, Real Madrid and Manchester United star seems to rub football fans up the wrong way for some reason. He’s often accused of stating the bleeding obvious but, like Savage, the constant criticism doesn’t seem to faze him - and fair play to him for that.
The moment Savage mugged off Owen on live TV
Savage and Owen were on BT Sport Score on Saturday afternoon and there was one awkward moment where the former mugged off the latter over his ill-fated spell with Stoke City.
“Michael, is that not what you call POMO - Position of Maximum Opportunity?” BT Sport Score presenter Mark Pougatch asked Owen.
Owen responded: “Yep. Sam Allardyce taught me that when I was at Newcastle. He told me to get into a POMO.”
Savage then chirped up with the killer line: “At Stoke, he was in slow-mo!”
Savage couldn't stop laughing - Owen found it less funny
Needless to say, Savage found his own joke hilarious and couldn’t stop laughing.
Owen also laughed but clearly found Savage’s tongue-in-cheek dig far less amusing.
The 2001 Ballon d’Or winner doesn’t exactly seem like the type of guy who enjoys taking the mickey out of himself.
The end of Owen's career was sad
Looking back at it, it was a shame how Owen’s career ended.
Injuries had left him looking a mere shadow of the player he once was during the final years of his career and joining Stoke City after his three-year spell with Manchester United proved disastrous.
He only managed to make nine appearances for the Potters, scoring one goal in a 3-1 defeat away at Swansea City.
Still, he will always have that Ballon d’Or in his trophy cabinet and not many players - Savage obviously included - are able to boast that.News Now - Sport News