Former Liverpool and United star - I ended my career to go horse racing

Former Liverpool and Manchester United striker Michael Owen has made a remarkable claim over why he retired at the age of 33.

Generally football players retire because they’re too old for the modern game or because of bad injuries, which have left them with no choice but in Michael Owen’s case, he’s admitted it was because of something rather different.

Owen has admitted that he retired early so he could put more time and interest into the world of horse race ownership, something he has been very passionate about throughout his career.

“I cut my career short so I could get to events like this and enjoy horses like Brown Panther,” said Owen.

Brown Panther is one of the horses that Owen has an ownership interest in, due to compete in the historic Melbourne Cup.

Owen failed to make a single start during his last season as a Premier League player with Stoke City and after he was let go by former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, he may have started to think the writing was on the wall.

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He could have commanded another move to a top flight or Championship level side, possibly even taking his career overseas again with several potential destinations around the globe.

Owen is one of the best English centre forwards in living memory so it’s surprising he hasn’t tried to get back into the game as quickly as possible.

He’s a very calm and likeable character which makes him an ideal candidate for a future coaching role and he also mentioned the possibility of going into a career as a player agent, to help younger players developing in the modern game.

“It’s obviously totally different to what I’m used to. I have been in horse racing for around 15 years and to have a horse good enough to compete is fantastic – it’s what you’re in the sport for,” he added.

Anyone waiting to see him barking orders from the touchline at his players or suited up to go and lock horns with a variety of Premier League chairman will have to wait a little longer.

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