Former Real Madrid striker Michael Owen has confirmed that he will retire from professional football at the end of the current season.
The 33-year-old, who spent the 2004-05 season at the Santiago Bernabeu, has released a statement via his official website confirming that he will end his playing career after 17 years.
“Having progressed through the ranks at Liverpool to make my first team debut at 17, before embarking upon spells at Real Madrid, Newcastle United, Manchester United and Stoke City, not to mention representing my country on 89 occasions, I now feel it is the right time to bring the curtain down on my career,” began the player’s statement.
“I have been very fortunate in that my career has taken me on a journey that like many young players starting out, I could only have dreamt of.
“None of this would have been possible without the tremendous support I have received from managers, Coaches, fellow players, back room staff, the supporters and my own personal sponsors. I would like to thank each and every one for the huge role they have played in helping me reach the top of my profession.”
Owen, who began his career with Liverpool, scored 13 goals in 36 appearances for Madrid, before spells at Newcastle United, Manchester United and Stoke City.
The striker is also fourth in the all-time top goalscorers’ list for the England national team, with 40 goals.