MX23RW : Tuesday, January 21 04:56:17| >> :600:3365016:3365016:

The career highs of Michael Owen as the former Liverpool striker turns 40

The career highs of Michael Owen as the former Liverpool striker turns 40
© Reuters
The former Liverpool and England striker turns 40 on December 14

Former England striker Michael Owen celebrates his 40th birthday on December 14.

Here the PA news agency looks at some of his career highlights.

June 1998: Argentina v England

Owen announced himself on the global stage with a brilliant World Cup goal against Argentina
Owen announced himself on the global stage with a brilliant World Cup goal against Argentina (Sean Dempsey/PA)

The day Owen announced his talent to the world as a precocious 18-year-old. He had already scored earlier in the World Cup, in the group stage defeat to Romania, and won the penalty for England to equalise against Argentina, but his run from 50 yards out, skipping past two defenders to score in the last-16 tie made him an overnight sensation.

2001: Arsenal v Liverpool

In what has become known as 'The Michael Owen Final', the then 21-year-old starred as Liverpool triumphed 2-1 in dramatic circumstances. Trailing 1-0 with seven minutes remaining, Owen smashed home an equaliser from close range and then, in the 88th minute, raced onto Patrik Berger's long pass forward and evaded the attentions of Lee Dixon and Tony Adams to fire an angled shot beyond David Seaman with his weaker left foot before celebrating with a hand spring.

September 2001: Germany v England

A memorable night for all England fans but particularly Owen, who scored one of the most famous hat-tricks in the nation's history as the Three Lions ran out 5-1 winners in Munich. Having equalised the host's opener early on he exposed the space in Germany's defence in the second half, first smashing home Emile Heskey's knockdown before clinically converting Steven Gerrard's through-ball for his third.

December 2001: Ballon d'Or

Owen capped a stellar year in which Liverpool won five trophies, saw him score 31 goals for the club – many of which helped them qualify for the Champions League for the first time – in addition to his England exploits in Munich, by being crowned European Footballer of the Year. In doing so he became the first Englishman since Kevin Keegan in 1979 to achieve the feat.

April 2005: Real Madrid v Barcelona

Owen struggled to flourish at the Bernabeu as he was behind Raul and Ronaldo in the pecking order but still had a decent goalscoring record. His highlight was scoring in a 4-2 drubbing of arch-rivals Barcelona. Again, though he had to take a back seat to the club's megastars as Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo and Raul all netted before Owen made it 4-1 after running onto a David Beckham pass

September 2009, Manchester United v Manchester City

The high point of Owen's short Manchester United career came with the winner in the derby against City
The high point of Owen's short Manchester United career came with the winner in the derby against City (Dave Thompson/PA)

After Craig Bellamy's 90th-minute equaliser the game appeared to be done at 3-3. However, Owen, who had been on the pitch barely 12 minutes, wrote himself into Manchester derby folklore by converting Ryan Giggs' pass with the last kick of the game in the sixth added minute to seal a 4-3 victory for the Red Devils.

body check tags ::
Share this article now:
New Instagram promo
Erling Braut Haaland celebrates scoring for Salzburg on October 23, 2019
Read Next:
Dortmund 'in pole position to sign Haaland'
>
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free match previews newsletter! Updates are sent twice a week.
Read more about Michael Owen Football

rhs 2.0
Championship
Serie A
Australian Open First Round
Result
Millman
Humbert
7  6 1 7
63 3 6 5
Result
Davidovich Fokina
Gombos
4 6 2 6 6
6 4 6 3 2
Result
Schwartzman
Harris
6 6 6
4 2 2
Result
Hurkacz
Novak
64 1 6 6 6
7  6 2 3 4
Result
Cilic
Moutet
6 6 6
3 2 4
Result
Ito
Gunneswaran
6 6 7
4 2 5
Result
Paire
Stebe
6 3 6 62 6
4 6 3 7  0
Result
Gasparyan
Sakkari
2 2
6 6
Result
Hibino
Peng
4 7  6
6 66 3
Result
Konta
Jabeur
4 2
6 6
Result
Brengle
Garcia
7  2 2
65 6 6
Result
Juvan
Yastremska
1 1
6 6
Result
Ferro
Van Uytvanck
6 6
2 1
Result
Garin
Travaglia
6 6 6
4 3 4
Result
Lopez
Bautista Agut
2 2 5
6 6 7
Result
Giustino
Raonic
2 1 3
6 6 6
Result
Sinner
Purcell
7  6 6
62 2 4
Result
Opelka
Fognini
6 7  4 3 65
3 63 6 6 7 
Suspended
Sandgren
Trungelliti
1
0
Result
Edmund
Lajovic
67 3 64
7  6 7 
Suspended
Halys
Krajinovic
6
6
Result
Hercog
Peterson
6 6
3 3
Result
Bencic
Karolina Schmiedlova
6 7
3 5
Result
Mladenovic
Pliskova
1 7
6 5
1am
Mayer
Paul
Result
Wang
Parmentier
7  6
62 3
1.30am
Mannarino
Thiem
1.30am
Mannarino
Thiem
1.30am
Thompson
Bublik
Result
Linette
Rus
6 3 4
1 6 6
Result
Riske
Wang
7  2 6
65 6 3
Result
Keys
Kasatkina
6 6
3 1
Result
Vekic
Sharapova
6 6
3 4
1.45am
Gulbis
Auger-Aliassime
2am
Vilella Martinez
Khachanov
Result
Pera
Rybakina
3 2
6 6
2am
Sasnovich
Minnen
2.30am
Andujar
Mmoh
2.15am
Uchiyama
Ymer
2.30am
Polmans
Kukushkin
2.30am
Andujar
Mmoh
2.30am
Duckworth
Bedene
3am
Basilashvili
Woo Kwon
3am
Dzumhur
Wawrinka
3am
Nadal
Dellien
3am
Siegemund
Vandeweghe
3am
Samsonova
Ostapenko
3.30am
Kovalik
Carreno Busta
3.30am
Putintseva
Hsieh
3.45am
Bolt
Ramos-Vinolas
4.30am
Kecmanovic
Seppi
3.30am
Muguruza
Rogers
3.30am
Tomljanovic
Sevastova
3.45am
Svitolina
Boulter
4am
Anisimova
Diyas
4.15am
Lottner
Giorgi
4.30am
Collins
Ditachenko
4.30am
Davis
Fernandez
4.30am
Bondarenko
Rodionova
5am
Herbert
Norrie
5am
Popyrin
Tsonga
5am
Cornet
Niculescu
5.15am
Monfils
Lu
5.30am
O'Connell
Rublev
5.30am
Flipkens
Muchova
5.30am
Bellis
Maria
5.45am
Sugita
Benchetrit
5.45am
Vondrousova
Kuznetsova
6am
Karlovic
Pospisil
6am
Eubanks
Gojowczyk
6am
Isner
Monteiro
6.30am
Gaston
Munar
6.30am
Delbonis
Sousa
6.30am
Goffin
Chardy
7am
Fritz
Griekspoor
7am
Cuevas
Simon
7am
Paolini
Blinkova
7.15am
Suarez Navarro
Sabalenka
7.15am
Sorribes Tormo
Kudermetova
7.30am
Swiatek
Babos
7.45am
Dart
Doi
8am
Ivashka
Anderson
8am
Tabilo
Elahi Galan
8am
Medvedev
Tiafoe
8am
Sharma
Kontaveit
8am
Brady
Halep
8.30am
Koepfer
Martinez
8.30am
Pliskova
Watson
8.30am
Townsend
Pegula
8.30am
Mertens
Kovinic
8.45am
Kozlova
Hon
9am
Ruud
Gerasimov
9.30am
Cecchinato
Zverev
9.30am
Pavlyuchenkova
Stojanovic
10am
Cocciaretto
Kerber
Turkish Super Lig
Serie B
Eerste Divisie
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool22211052143864
2Manchester CityMan City23153564273748
3Leicester CityLeicester23143648232545
4Chelsea2312383930939
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd239773627934
6Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2381053430434
7Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd238962522333
8Tottenham HotspurSpurs238783631531
9Crystal Palace237972226-430
10Arsenal2361163032-229
11Everton2385102633-729
12Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2385102234-1229
13Southampton2384112942-1328
14Burnley2383122638-1227
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2367102631-525
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham2265112634-823
17Watford2358102034-1423
18Aston Villa2364132944-1522
19Bournemouth2355132036-1620
20Norwich CityNorwich2345142345-2217

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!