Michael Owen has languished on the bench for so long that it is easy to forget that at one time, albiet a very long time ago, he was one of the best strikers in the world. There will probably be a lot of snark and negativity towards Owen on social media today so we have put together a retrospective that will look back on the best moments from his career. Here they are in no particular order and the recurring theme is, that a lot of these moments happened before 2004.
His goal vs Argentina at France 98
This goal was the begining of Owen's five or six year period as an elite stiker. Crazy to think that this happened almost 15 years ago now.
The penalty he won against Argentina at the 2002 World Cup
The dive that won his side that grudge match vs Argentina in 2002 was for better or worse, one of his most important moments. As an added bonus we have included the heinous dive that somehow won a penalty in the same fixture at the previous tournament.
That goal in the Manchester derby
This goal will always be remembered as the ultimate "Fergie time" goal and it also doubles as Owen's most memorable moment in his post Liverpool career.
His glorious movember moustache
He had plenty of spare time to maintain such a magnificent specimen and it is arugably more impressive than any goal he scored in his career.
His 32-page self promotional footballing brochure
Owen brought out this 32 page brochure in the summer of 2009 to sell himself to potential employees. Despite its hilarity it did the trick as he was signed by Man United.
His hat-trick against Germany
What made this hat-trick so special is that it was so unexpected. They were all classic Owen finishes as well.
Owen's double against Arsenal in the FA Cup final in 2001
These goals were from a time where Owen routinely bailed Liverpool out of dire situations and this game capped off his Ballon D'or winning season.