Michael James Owen is a professional football player from England. He is included in the FIFA 100 (Brazilian striker Pelé’s list of the hundred greatest living footballers) and received the prestigious Ballon d’Or in 2001. He has also received the Premier League Golden Boot twice (1997/1998 and 1998/1999) and been named both BBC Sports Personality of the Year (1998) and Carling Premiership Player of the Year (1997/1998).
When Owen played for the senior English team during the 1998 World Cup he became England’s youngest player and youngest goalscorer at the time. Owen also scored in the Euro 2000, 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004. He participated in the 2006 World Cup as well, but sustained a serious injury.
Owen started playing football when he was seven years old. He eventually joined the Deeside Primary School’s team, and then the youth team of Mold Alexandra. During his time at Hawarden High School, he played for the Hawarden school team. Attending high school did however mean that Owen was eligible to sign a schoolboy contract with a football club and he inked a deal with Liverpool. At age 14, Owen attended the FA’s School of Excellence at Lilleshall in Shropshire while continuing his studies at Hawarden.
After his graduation from Lilleshall, Owen entered Liverpool’s Youth Training Scheme and just after turning 17 he signed professional forms for the senior team. His senior debut for Liverpool took place on May 6, 1997, in a Premier League match against Wimbledon. Starting 1998, Owen was Liverpool’s top scorer every season.
In 2004, Owen left Liverpool for Real Madrid. He had a slow start in Spain, but scored his first goal for Real Madrid in October in Champions League and then went on to score his first Spanish League goal just a few days later. He was back on track and when the season was over he had scored 13 goals in La Liga. During his time in Real Madrid, Owen played a total of 41 games and scored 18 goals.
In 2005, Owen signed a four-year contract with Newcastle United. A few days later he injured his thigh during pre-season play and could not play the first part of the 2005/2006 season. On September 18, Owen helped Newcastle to their first win of the season.
After several years with Newcastle United, Owen signed a two-year contract with Manchester United in 2009. He made his league debut for Manchester United on August 16, and scored his first competitive goal for them a few days later against Wigan Athletic. In February 2010, Owen was injured and could not play for the rest of the season. He returned for pre-season 2010/2011. In June 2011, his contract with Manchester United was extended with one year.
- Michael James Owen was born in Chester in England in 1979.
- Michael is the fourth child of Jeanette and Terry Owen. Before retiring from football, Terry played professionally for Chester City and Everton.
- Michael met Louise Bonsall at primary school in 1984, and they got married in 2005. They have four children, Gemma Rose (born 2003), James Michael (2006), Emily May (born 2007) and Jessica (born 2010).
- Michael has purchased a small street of houses in Ewloe (a small town in Wales) for his extended family.
- Michael owns several race horses.
- The retired footballer Richie Partridge is Michael’s brother in law.