When Michael Owen started playing football he was a natural, having been blessed with all the components to potentially become a top level English star, breaking numerous goal scoring records in his youth and being tracked by all of England’s biggest clubs. Liverpool nurtured him astutely; he was nicknamed by fellow Liverpool youth players as ‘the chosen one’ and ‘the golden boy’
Soon enough Michael had made an impact for the club, after making his debut at the tender age of only 17 years old he terrorised defenders with his blistering pace and coolness in front of goal.
Following on from his explosive start Michael guided Liverpool to a historic treble in 2001, Owen was then let loose on the international scene with England and became one of the most talked about players in the world.
After winning the coveted European Player of the Year Award and with Liverpool on the slide looking for a new manager he decided to take the plunge and join the ‘galacticos’ of Madrid. Whilst in Spain although scoring almost one goal in every two starts statistically, Michael’s family desperately missed home. Liverpool Football Club the destination he craved, ‘if I had a choice Liverpool would be perfect’
Whilst everyone seemed to pin Michael once again as a Liverpool player, the shock was confirmed that Michael would be signing for Newcastle United, who offered considerably more money to Real Madrid than Liverpool.
Reds fans fumed at the fact he did not even try to play hard ball with Madrid and force his dream move through, with Michael again denting his relationship with the fans who adored him by saying ‘he feared for his England career’
After a Mixed Newcastle career in which he scored goals when fit but was never actually fit enough to make a good number of appearances on Tyneside, he was once again in limbo as to where to resurrect his career.
Again Liverpool rumours were rife, this time though fans were truly divided equally to whether they would have him back again. As a free transfer surely Michael would have created millions of pounds marketing wise to pay for his contract wages, to me it was a no brainer!
However with his poor injury record and previously choosing England over his club career, Benitez decided not to push forward a move as he was to do with Robbie Fowler, another Liverpool legend.
Michael was then stuck with choosing to join some lesser appealing clubs than his previous C.V. boasted. Eventually Michael accepted Sir Alex Fergusons offer and crossed the hot coaled divide between the North West giants.
In doing this Michael must have known that any fond memories kopites had would surely be extinguished, or at the very least, tarnished. Michael further added flames to the fire with comments stating ‘everything about the club is top notch, from the top right to the bottom, it is second to none’.
After Manchester United took Liverpool’s crown as the most successful English league champions, he said ‘it is great to be part of this history’
In my opinion I would have accepted Michael back at the end of the season again as a free transfer. But once a further comment came out about how it was ‘the pinnacle of his career’, despite him not making much impact to earn the medal. Mentally, I washed my hands of him for good!
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