It takes a special kind of personality to, on one hand, be the player who played a major role in some of a club's biggest successes of the last 20 years and then, on the other hand, be so utterly despised by the same club's fans that they are actively petitioning for you to be removed from your position as club ambassador.

Yet, Michael Owen has managed this tricky puzzle with all the ease of burying a tap in from six yards out.

The man who once scored an FA Cup final winning brace as well as the decisive striker in a League Cup final against Manchester United, on top of another 156 goals, which also helped Liverpool to another League Cup and a UEFA Cup success, is now relentlessly disliked by the majority of Reds fans, following his decision to join Manchester United in 2009.

And now the former England international has further angered the red half of Merseyside by revealing how he pleaded with Karim Benzema to join Real Madrid in the summer of 2009, as the Frenchman was one of Sir Alex Ferguson's top targets that year and signing him from Lyon would have prevented Owen from making his switch to Old Trafford.

Benzema ended up trading Lyon for the Bernabeu in a £38 million deal and Owen got his move to Old Trafford, but has since been made an international ambassador for Liverpool, which has infuriated the club's fanbase.

Liverpool fans' hatred of Owen and his love of United has now reached the point where they no longer want him associated with their club and have started a petition on Reddit to rid him from his ambassadorial position.


Image: Reddit

Unsurprisingly, of the 117 comments that were posted on the ensuing thread, very few, if any, were positive.



Images: Reddit

Whether Liverpool's hierarchy actually heed the call and take action against Owen remains to be seen, although if the discontent at his employment by the club continues to grow, they may be left with no choice but to part ways with him.

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Joe Baiamonte

Northerner. Assistant Editor of SPORTbible. Studied Journalism and Broadcasting in a portakabin on a car park of Salford University for three years. Believes football peaked with Serie A in the '90s and strong-arms pro wrestling references into as many articles as possible. Neymar once took 50 euros off me during a game of poker.

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