MICHAEL OWEN has gone from English football’s golden boy to the sport’s ‘most boring expert’. In 2002, Liverpool star Owen was fresh from his Ballon d’Or win after catapulting his career with that stunning goal against Argentina at the 1998 World Cup.
This summer, the 22-year-old took a trip to Alton Towers and, to avoid his adoring fans, donned a peaked cap and sunglasses. From the highlights of being named the best player in the world to his sensational move to Real Madrid, Owen’s career slowly progressed towards retirement and beyond. Now his daughter Gemma will make her mark with her appearance on Love Island 2022. In 2019, Owen was embroiled in an explosive Twitter row with former pal Alan Shearer following the release of his autobiography. But where else to start than with one of the most memorable goals in English football. In Saint-Etienne, France in 1998, an 18-year-old Owen made the most memorable trek around a helpless Argentine defense before putting England ahead.
While Glenn Hoddle’s side were beaten on penalties and the tournament was eliminated in the round of 16, Owen had announced himself to the world. Over the next six years he scored an incredible 118 goals in 216 games for Liverpool and helped the club to an FA Cup, two League Cups, a Community Shield and a Uefa Cup. Owen was named both Young Player of the Year and Player of the Year in 1998, while also lifting his first Premier League Golden Boot. He is one of only two Englishmen to have won the Ballon d’Or in over 40 years, with Kevin Keegan taking the gong in 1978 and 1979. So it was a devastating blow to Anfield club in the summer of 2004 when Owen was plucked away to be a Galactico at Madrid.
Real President Florentino Perez said: “The signing of Michael Owen follows our tradition. We’re signing an excellent, talented player who can give us something special.” But the move didn’t go as planned. Criticized by Bernabeu fans and the Spanish press for his lack of form, Owen spent much of his time as a substitute. He left Spain after just a year after scoring 13 goals in 36 games before returning to England for Newcastle United for £15m. In four years, Owen played just 71 games and scored just 26 goals for the Magpies.
And it was in the Northeast that Owen’s public feud with Alan Shearer began. Despite forming an impressive strike partnership for England, a feud was ignited because Shearer believed Owen had let him down during his tenure as Newcastle manager in 2009. Owen’s book Reboot: My Life accuses Shearer of scheduling him and describes his move to Newcastle as “one of the biggest regrets” of his career. Newcastle’s most famous bookshop, The Back Page, refused to stock Owen’s autobiography. In 2019, Owen told BT Sport: “For six or seven years I hated it. I couldn’t wait to retire.” It wasn’t me. All I did was fall short, connect the game and get in the box. “It ended up with people thinking I was a great goalscorer who otherwise wouldn’t do much. Mentally I could do it, but physically I couldn’t.”
Owen’s career has become synonymous with injuries. After tearing his hamstring at age 19, which led to a five-month hiatus, Owen fractured a metatarsal in 2005, tore an anterior cruciate ligament and had ongoing problems with his thigh and groin. He joined Manchester United in 2009 where he won a Premier League title but only scored five goals in three years. He spent his final year in Stoke City before retiring in 2013. After spending most of the season on the bench, Owen offered to step down and retire by Christmas, but held out until the end of the season.
“Most Boring Expert”
He hung up his boots and picked up the microphone. As a pundit, Owen drew the most criticism, with social media calling the former striker ‘boring’, ‘repetitive’ and ‘annoying’. Armchair fans resented some of Owen’s less insightful comments during his expert work. A Football Faithful article shared some wisdom including: “If it rains a little, it wets the surface”. Former Newcastle and Chelsea striker Joe Allon described Owen as having “the personality of a flip-flop”.
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https://www.the-sun.com/sport/football/premier-league/636300/michael-owen-decline-real-madrid/ Sad demise of England legend Michael Owen from teenage hero to Real Madrid flop and ‘most boring’ TV pundit – The US Sun