During his prime Michael Owen could accelerate like a Porsche 911 Turbo, devastating the world’s best defenders before inevitably finding the back of the net.
In his prime, Michael Owen was highly regarded for his great pace, opportunism, and agility, as well as his technical ability and his eye for goal, which enabled him to be considered as one of the greatest English and Premier League strikers of his generation.
Owen celebrated his seventeenth birthday by signing a professional contract with Liverpool and scored on his debut against Wimbledon at Selhurst Park, in 1997.
Owen replaced the injured Robbie Fowler as Liverpool’s first choice striker in 1997–98. He won the Premier League Golden Boot and was awarded the PFA Young Player of the Year award. He retained the Premier League Golden Boot in 1998–99, with his pace identified as his greatest strength. Liverpool’s game had revolved around feeding him with through passes and long balls. Owen constantly moved from static positions to full speed in a matter of split seconds.
Following their successful bid, Owen was presented with the number 11 shirt by Real Madrid. Owen joined the club during its Galácticos era, and played alongside Ronaldo, Raúl, Luís Figo, Zinedine Zidane and his England teammate David Beckham.
Owen ended the 2004–05 season with thirteen goals in the Primera División, with the season’s highest ratio of goals scored to number of minutes played.
Owen was capped 89 times for England and scored 40 goals. He is fifth in the list of all-time top scorers for the England team, behind Bobby Charlton (49 goals), Gary Lineker (48), Wayne Rooney (47) and Jimmy Greaves (44).
He played for England at the 1998, 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups and the 2000 and 2004 UEFA European Championships. He scored goals in all but one of these tournaments, making him the only player ever to have scored in four major tournaments for England.
TV Advertising & Endorsements
Owen starred in a series of adverts that charted his life, and rise to fame. In 2001, he was the advertising face of breakfast cereal “Nestlé Sporties”. He also appeared in several adverts for the washing powder Persil, in a contract worth £1,000,000. Owen was selected as one of the two cover athletes for Pro Evolution Soccer 2008. Michael Owen has been an ambassador of the Swiss watchmaker Tissot since 1998 and has a contract with car manufacturer Jaguar.