Michael Owen set for retirement at the end of the season

3/20/13 in Soccer   |   KurtKingsley   |   1858 respect

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Former England striker Michael Owen has decided to hang up his boots at the end of the season. Michael Owen, who was the last Englishman to win the Ballon d’Or, announced that this would be his last year as a football player.
The 33-year-old striker signed up for Stoke City on a free transfer last summer. However, following another season full frustration, disappointment, injuries and lack of playing-time Michael Owen has decided the time is right to bring the curtain down on his career.
Michael Owen, who had the opportunity to play for Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle United, Manchester United and Stoke City, announced his retirement decision on his personal website (michaelowen.com) on Tuesday morning.
“It is with an immense amount of pride that I am announcing my intention to retire from Professional Football at the end of this season,” Michael 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.
“I have been very fortunate in that my career has taken me on a journey that like many young players starting out, I could only have dreamt of.
“None of this would have been possible without the tremendous support I have received from managers, coaches, fellow players, back room 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.”
Michael Owen thanked wife and family for all the support they provided him with in his 16-year long career as a football player. Michael Owen made his debut with Liverpool in 1997 at the age of 17 years.
The world class striker enjoyed seven successful seasons at the club before moving to Real Madrid in 2004. However, after a single season of being overshadowed Michael Owen returned to the Premier League with Newcastle United.  Michael Owen’s spell at Newcastle United was mostly dominated by injuries. Before moving to Manchester United, Michael Owen had already gained a reputation for being injury-prone player.
Michael Owen scored 222 goals in 480 appearances in his 16-year long career. Michael Owen also scored 40 goals in 89 appearances for England to become their fourth highest goal-scorer. 
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3/20/13   |   OneStepBeyond   |   36 respect

And here I was thinking he retired three years ago...