Michael Owen announced his plans today to retire from football at the end of this season.
At just 33 years of age the Stoke City striker revealed his plans to hang up his boots after a career that has been as colourful as it has been short.
Owen scored on his first-team debut for Liverpool against Wimbledon on May 6th 1997.
Owen become England’s youngest international of the modern era starting against Chile.
He also scored his first Premier League hat-trick for Liverpool against Sheffield Wednesday and ended the season joint-top scorer in the Premier League with a tally of 18 goals, earning him a place in England's World Cup squad of the same year.
Owen scored in England’s 2-1 defeat to Romania after coming on as a substitute and scored arguably his best ever goal for his country against Argentina before England lost on penalties an exited France ’98.
He was subsequently named BBC Sports Personality of the Year, one day before his 19th birthday.
Owen injured his hamstring at Elland Road against Leeds United, the first of many injuries to follow, ruling him out for the rest of the season.
Owen signed a new four-year contract with Liverpool. He was named European Footballer of the Year and scored a brace in the last seven minutes of the FA Cup Final against Arsenal to win 2-1.
Owen won the Golden Boot in his first two full seasons with Liverpool with whom he won the treble in 2000/01.
He scored a hat-trick for England in their 5-1 victory over Germany in a World Cup qualifier.
Owen was made captain for England in David Beckham’s absence and scored twice in their 2-1 victory over Slovakia in the qualifiers for the European Championships the following year.
Owen signed for Real Madrid for a fee of £8 million in August with Antonio Nunez moving in the other direction as part of the deal.
He scored 16 goals in his debut season in Spain, including an El Clasico winner against Barcelona.
The following summer, Owen signed a four-year contract with Newcastle United, returning to England for a record fee of £17million.
Just months after signing he broke his metatarsal bone against Tottenham and was ruled out for ‘several months’.
After regaining his fitness Owen was recalled for England’s World Cup squad but injured his knee in the first minute of group game against Sweden and was ruled out for nine months.
Owen made his first competitive start in over 10 months, for Newcastle away at Reading.
He was made Newcastle captain by Kevin Keegan, before being released by the club at the end of that season.
Owen joined Manchester United on a free transfer and claimed the dramatic winner in injury time of United’s 4-3 victory over Manchester City in the Manchester derby.
Owen suffered a hamstring injury and was ruled out for the rest of the season.
Owen made just one Premier League appearance for United in 2011/12 and was subsequently released by the club at the end of the season.
Owen was signed on a free transfer by Stoke City.
After returning from another hamstring injury, Owen scored his first goal for Stoke against Swansea in January and announced today that he will retire at the end of the season.