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Owen Michael Owen

2004 · 2005
Place of birth
Chester (England)
Year of birth

Real Madrid's English Ballon d'Or Winner

Position: forward
Games played: 45 competitive matches
Goals scored: 16
International caps with England: 89

A hero and legend at Liverpool and in English football, Michael Owen arrived at Real Madrid in the summer of 2004. During his season with the Whites, he showed his goalscoring instinct with 16 goals across all competitions. His speed, skills in one-on-one situations and attacking ability, won him the affection of the fans.

Owen went down in English footballing history as the fourth player to win the Ballon d'Or, following Stanley Matthews, Bobby Charlton and Kevin Keegan. The award was given to him for his key role in winning five titles in 2001: the Uefa Cup, the European Super Cup, the League Cup, the FA Cup and the Community Shield.

He made his official Madrid debut on an away trip to Mallorca and his first goal came at the Bernabéu, in the Champions League, against Dynamo Kiev. In his last game, away to Zaragoza, he also scored in a 1-3 win. Owen completed a legendary attacking line at Madrid and one of the most memorable in the club's history, playing alongside Raúl, Figo, Zidane, Ronaldo and Beckham.