Michael Owen’s sad decline from England teen hero to Real Madrid flop and ‘most boring’ TV pundit

MICHAEL OWEN has gone from the golden boy of English soccer to being thought of the ‘most boring pundit’ within the sport.

Again in 2002, Liverpool star Owen was recent off his Ballon d’Or victory having catapulted his profession with that gorgeous objective towards Argentina on the 1998 World Cup.

Instances Newspapers Ltd Michael Owen introduced himself to the world’s stage with a surprising objective towards Argentina on the 1998 World Cup[/caption]

Instances Newspapers Ltd Owen was the golden boy of English soccer on the flip of the century[/caption]

That summer season, the 22-year-old took a visit to Alton Towers and, to flee his adoring followers, he wore a peaked cap and sun shades.

From the highs of being named the world’s finest participant, and sensationally signing for Real Madrid, Owen’s profession slowly spiralled in the direction of retirement and past.

In 2019, Owen was concerned in an explosive Twitter row with former pal Alan Shearer after the release of his autobiography last summer.

However the place else to start than with probably the most memorable targets in English soccer.

In Saint-Etienne, France, 22 years in the past, an 18-year-old Owen went on probably the most memorable mazy run round a helpless Argentine defence earlier than giving England the lead.


Whereas Glenn Hoddle’s crew have been overwhelmed on penalties, knocked out the event on the last-16 stage, Owen had introduced himself to the world.

Over the subsequent six years, he scored an unimaginable 118 targets in 216 video games for Liverpool, serving to the membership to an FA Cup, two League Cups, a Group Protect and Uefa Cup.

Owen received each Younger Participant of the Yr and Participant of the Yr in 1998 whereas additionally selecting up his first Premier League Golden Boot.

He’s certainly one of simply two Englishmen to win the Ballon d’Or in over 40 years, with Kevin Keegan selecting up the gong in 1978 and 1979.

So it got here as a devastating blow to the Anfield membership in the summertime of 2004 when Owen was plucked away to be a Galactico in Madrid.

PA:Press Affiliation Owen’s prolific capacity helped Liverpool to Uefa Cup victory in 2001[/caption]

Instances Newspapers Ltd Owen was revered for a sensational objective towards Arsenal within the 2001 FA Cup remaining[/caption]

ITN Owen is the one Englishman in over 40 years to win the Ballon d’Or[/caption]

Actual president Florentino Perez mentioned: “Signing Michael Owen is following our tradition. We are signing an excellent player with talent who is able to give us something special.”

However the transfer didn’t go as deliberate.

Owen was the topic of criticism from the Bernabeu followers and Spanish press on account of his lack of type, and he spent a lot time in its place.

He left Spain after only a yr, having scored 13 targets in 36 video games, earlier than returning to England with Newcastle United for £15million.

Over 4 years, Owen made simply 71 appearances and scored solely 26 targets for the Magpies.


And it was within the North East the place Owen’s public fallout with Alan Shearer started.

Regardless of forming a formidable strike partnership collectively for England, a feud was ignited due to Shearer’s perception that Owen let him down throughout his spell as Newcastle supervisor in 2009.

Owen’s guide Reboot: My Life accuses Shearer of slating him in addition to describing his transfer to Newcastle as ‘one of the major regrets’ of his profession.

Newcastle’s most well-known guide store, The Back Page, refused to stock Owen’s autobiography.

In 2019, Owen informed BT Sport: “For six or seven years, I hated it. I couldn’t wait to retire.

“It wasn’t me. All I used to be doing is coming quick, linking play and getting within the field.

“It ended up with folks pondering I used to be a fantastic goalscorer who didn’t do a lot else.

“Mentally I could do it, but physically I couldn’t.”

Reuters Owen sensationally signed for Actual Madrid in 2004 however solely stayed in Spain for a yr[/caption]

Rex Options Owen’s autobiography noticed him enter right into a public spat with Alan Shearer over their time collectively at Newcastle[/caption]

Getty – Contributor Owen has mentioned he regrets his transfer to Newcastle, the place he stayed for 4 years[/caption]

Owen’s profession turned synonymous with accidents.

Having torn his hamstring aged 19, main to 5 months out, Owen broke a metatarsal in 2005, tore an anterior cruciate ligament and had persistent issues together with his thigh and groin.

He moved to Manchester United in 2009 the place he received a Premier League title however scored simply 5 targets in three years.

His remaining yr was spent at Stoke Metropolis earlier than retiring in 2013.

Having spent a lot of the season on the bench, Owen supplied to resign and retire at Christmas however held on till the tip of the season.


He hung up his boots and picked up the mic.

It’s as a pundit that Owen has had most criticism, with the previous striker being labelled ‘boring’, ‘monotone’ and ‘annoying’ throughout social media.

Armchair followers took offence to a number of the much less insightful feedback produced by Owen throughout his punditry.

An article by Football Faithful was devoted to some pearls of knowledge, together with: “If there’s a bit of rain about, it makes the surface wet”.

Former Newcastle and Chelsea striker Joe Allon described Owen as having “the personality of a flip-flop”.

Getty Photos – Getty Owen received a Premier League title throughout a three-year spell at Manchester United[/caption]

Owen’s remaining yr as knowledgeable was at Stoke the place he spent a lot of the season on the benchMark Robinson – The Solar

Rex Options Owen has been ridiculed for his work as a pundit since retiring in 2013[/caption]

The place Owen has loved success in recent times is the stables, having invested in racing horses.

In 2017, he even made his debut as a jockey, ending second within the saddle at a charity race in Ascot.

However, elsewhere, the final consensus is that Owen has had a mare.