Reach Sport has signed an exciting book deal with Michael Owen. The football legend's new autobiography is set to be one of the most talked-about sport titles of the year.
Owen is the last British footballer to win the Ballon d'Or and played for Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle United, Manchester United and Stoke City, claiming the Premier League Golden Boot twice. Over the course of an impressive career, he won the FA Cup, Football League Cup (three times), UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, Premier League title and appeared in three World Cups for England, amassing 89 caps.
Yet, despite publishing a previous autobiography in 2004, he says he has never truly opened up because he "didn't have a voice" during his playing days. He freely admits his career has "split opinion" among fans and now is the time to set the record straight "once and for all". It promises to make for an eye-opening, and at times explosive read.
Owen said: "When I wrote my first book, it was early on in my career. When you look back, as much as I enjoyed writing it, it's not really what I think now. You get older, you get wiser, you've got more opinion, you've seen more and I've obviously had a full career since then.
"I constantly get asked the same questions regarding the teams I played for and get a fair bit of stick on social media. You can do a million interviews but no one seems to get the message. At least if it's there in black and white, I can tell everyone exactly how I feel … and more to the point, how certain situations led me into certain things.
"Unfortunately, in this life, people make a quick judgement. That's not anybody's fault. I'll do the same. Until I get to know a person, I'm just guessing and that's what people have done, I suppose, with me. They might know 20 per cent of my life, maybe a bit more, I don't know, but I'd like to be able to fill in the blanks and then if somebody likes me, loves me, hates me, detests me after that then that's fine because that's me then."
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