Stoke striker Michael Owen set to retire at end of the season
Stoke City striker Michael Owen announces he is to retire from football at the end of the season after a decorated 16-year career
Stoke City striker Michael Owen has announced that he will retire at the end of the season.
The 33-year-old has scored once in seven appearances for the Potters this term after completing a free transfer to the Britannia Stadium from Manchester United in the summer.
The former England international started his career at Liverpool in 1997 before moving to Real Madrid in 2004, followed by a four-year spell at Newcastle United.
Owen, who scored 40 goals in 89 England appearances, won the FA Cup, Uefa Cup and League Cup twice with Liverpool and was part of United’s Premier League title-winning side in 2011.
“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,” 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.”
Owen, who scored 220 goals in his club career, became the first English player after Kevin Keegan to win the European Footballer of the Year award in 2001.