Injury prone forward decides to call it a day.
33 year old Stoke City striker Michael Owen has announced his decision to retire from the game at the end of the current campaign according to the BBC Sport website.
The former England international has struggled with injuries for a number of years and has opted to call time on a career that included spells at Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle United, Man United and Stoke City.
Speaking of his decision Owen said;
“It is with an immense amount of pride that I am announcing my intention to retire.
“I have been very fortunate in that my career has taken me on a journey I could only have dreamed of.”
“Having progressed through the ranks at Liverpool to make my first-team debut at 17, before embarking upon spells at Real Madrid, Newcastle United, Manchester United and Stoke City, not to mention representing my country on 89 occasions, I now feel it is the right time to bring the curtain down on my career,”
“None of this would have been possible without the tremendous support I have received from managers, coaches, fellow players, backroom staff, the supporters and my own personal sponsors. I would like to thank each and every one for the huge role they have played in helping me reach the top of my profession.
“Most of all, though, I would like to thank my family. To my beautiful wife Louise, for her continued love and support through the many ups and downs in my career and for affording me the most precious gift of all, our children.”
Though in recent years Owen has been a figure of derision, borne out of his continuous spells on the sidelines, there is no denying that in his pomp the pint sized striker was one of the most feared finishers in the game.
Owen notched up a total of 220 goals from 475 appearances at club level and scored 40 times for his country in 89 matches.