The dust, extraordinary. Hi, i'm back. Well, it was checking out my old posts, you know, reminding myself of the past. Moving on, what inspired me to get out of my laziness and finally write a blog? Soccernet, a football website decide to publish an interview of Owen which he claimed he still has some to offer to his current club, Manchester United. Personally, non bias opinion, i think he does. At age of 32, a normal "life span" of a striker in Barclay's Premier League, he should still has 2 years. People in the internet who has no football sense or just some kid who just started watching football(does not know the career of Owen) making fun of Owen, saying he is basically expired and should retire. DUDE,WHERE THE FUCK IS YOUR COMMON SENSE? Geez. Owen is just a classic example of a player who lacks of luck.
Let me briefly what Michael Owen is made of, what one striker is all about. Striker is all about goals, scoring goals. Not making one, scoring one. So, how exactly do one compare 2 strikers? Goal scoring ratio per match. Let's start on Owen's personal record for Liverpool, taking just goals in the league into consideration, ratio of 0.54(216matches scoring 118 goals).
Let's admit that every player thirsts for medals,honors and trophies, Owen was no exception. He went to Real Madrid( fuck his life, Liverpool won Champions league 04/05 season) in search of those mentioned. He was not featured in the first 11 as many times as he would have preferred, mainly because there was the great Brazilian Ronaldo and the permanent Raul. No matter how bad Raul performed, it was the politics in the club that kept him the squad. Despite that, Owen came in and did his job.Comparing Raul to Owen as below;
Raul 32 appearances with 9 goals(ratio of 0.28), Michael Owen 36 appearances with 13 goals(ratio of 0.36). Do not forget that Owen most of the time, came out as a substitute(roughly 15 starts). Yes, Raul when he was on form, beautiful touches and goals were made.
And there is Wayne Rooney. It amazed me that people can compare these two players. Oh well, challenge accepted. Since they're both English, let's talk about their international careers.
In England's shirt, Owen with scoring ratio of 0.44(89 matches, 40 goals) compared to Rooney's 0.3(73 matches,28 goals). You might want to argue, in 16 matches, anything can happen. Yeah, with the squad, i think he will struggle to score. He will score nothing when gerrard and lampard retire.
Perhaps, it's a bit harsh to compare their international careers, let's compare them by age and the goals they scored in the league.
Age of 19, Owen scored a whopping 18 goals in 30 matches(ratio of 0.6) while Rooney scored 9 in 34 games(ratio of 0.2).
When Rooney was the age of 24, 2007-2008 in 27 matches he scored 12, ratio of 0.44, in the league. When Owen was the age of 24, 2003-2004 in 29 matches he scored 16, ratio of 0.55, in the league.
You might want to argue, they are both from different "era". Point taken, does Rooney need to face the likes of Martin Keown, Tony Adams, Roy Keane, Ronny Johnson, Viera, Marcel Desailly, Southgate, Roberto Ayala(1998 world cup, argentina) and etc, just to name a few. These players were famous for their no nonsense defending and fierce tackles. Defenders of Rooney's "era" are bunch of jokes to be honest. Skrtel?Terry?Vermaelen?Ledley King?Woodgate? These bunch of clowns cant even clear a ball properly or do a proper tackle(most of the time reckless if not brainless). If anyone of this "era" can compare to a defender back then, perhaps a player of Puyol's class? Whole Manchester United lineup was toyed around. It was as if Barca on playstation. Well, i dont see Rooney scoring in Barca game as well.
One does not simply make fun of Owen or Torres. =)
*stats were from wikipedia.org*