Michael Owen’s retirement from football at the age of 33 isn’t shocking.

He made the announcement on his website.

“It is with an immense amount of pride that I am announcing my intention to retire from Professional Football at the end of this season.”

“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.”

At his peak Owen was one of the world’s most prolific strikers. But his career has been plagued by injuries resulting in less appearances and a drop in form.

It wasn’t until he joined Manchester United that he won his first Premier League title in the 2010/2011 season.

The England international also scored 40 goals for his country. He was only 18 when he scored a memorable goal against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup and a hat-trick against arch- rival Germany three years later.

He is England’s fourth-highest scorer behind Bobby Charlton (49), Gary Lineker (48), and Jimmy Greaves (44). And I’m sure if it weren’t for his injures, the Stoke City striker would have likely surpassed them all.