15:16 19 March 2013
Michael Owen, 33, will retire from football at the end of the season it has been announced on Tuesday, 19th March. Owen, who was born in Chester, has enjoyed much success over the span of his career, including being a striker for his country.
Owen has played with the likes of Liverpool FC, from 1996, and Newcastle United, from 2005 to 2009, as well as Manchester United, until he started with Stoke City last year.
The ex-England striker, who made 89 appearances for his country, also had a short stint with Spanish team Real Madrid almost ten years ago.
Making his team debut at 17 years old, the Englishman hasn’t looked back since. He made the World Cup team shortly after, in 1998.
And many fans will always remember the three goals Owen managed to bag against the Germans in 2001. But he wasn’t without his lows as well as his highs, as the football ace suffered from injuries at times during his career.
On his website Owen said: “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.”
The footballer also added that he wanted to thank everyone who has helped him achieve his success, in particular his family.
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