Premier League Legends: Michael Owen

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Michael Owen was the most talented English player of his time and he is one of the few to play for both Liverpool and Manchester United.

Owen burst on to the scene as a teenager at Liverpool, as the English striker was part of the club’s academy since 1991.

His biggest success with Liverpool’s youth team came in 1996 when they managed to win the first FA Youth Cup in their history.

Michael Owen played a big part, scoring 11 goals in the competition and was widely considered the star of the FA Cup campaign.

He played his first game for the senior team in May 1997 and scored on his Liverpool debut. His first full season was 1997/98, as he scored 18 goals winning the Premier League Golden Boot award.

Owen was also awarded the PFA Young Player of the Year and made the 1998 World Cup squad, becoming England’s youngest ever player at a World Cup. He scored against Romania, which made him England’s youngest ever goalscorer in the tournament at the age of 18 years and 190 days.

In the second round against Argentina, Owen scored a sensational individual goal, which is still one of the best goals ever scored at a World Cup.

Michael won the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup with the Reds in 2001, which got him the Ballon d’Or award for the year.

He was highly regarded for his great pace and his technical ability and was known as a powerful and accurate finisher, who was also effective with his head, despite his lack of height.

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In total, Owen scored 158 goals in 297 appearances for Liverpool before moving to Real Madrid for £8m in 2004, where he was part of the “Galacticos”, including Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo, and Raul Gonzalez.

His spell in Spain lasted only one year and the English striker returned to the Premier League, signing for Newcastle in 2005.

However, after eight consecutive seasons of hitting double figures in goals, he would only reach that mark again twice in the next eight years.

On 31 December 2005, Owen broke a metatarsal bone and missed the second part of the season, but got ready for the 2006 FIFA World Cup just in time.

And then he suffered a damaged anterior cruciate ligament (ACL injury) in his right knee, sustained in the first minute of the group match against Sweden, which kept him out of regular football for nearly a year, until April 2007.

Michael Owen was never again the same player from before but was signed from Manchester United in 2009.

His move to United was a big disappointment for Liverpool’s supporters, as Owen had a legendary status at Anfield.

However, Michael finally got his hands on the Premier League trophy with the Red Devils in 2011. Owen retired in 2013 and scored 150 Premier League goals in 326 appearances