Michael Owen was one of the most lethal front men in world football in the early 2000's, but the former England striker may have just undergone a dramatic career change, as he finished second in a charity race at Ascot.

Owen retired in 2013, having starred for Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle United and Manchester United.

However, since hanging up his boots the 37-year-old has taken to life as a racehorse breeder and owner.


Image: PA

Owen has taken his passion for the sport to the next level this afternoon as he rode 5/2 chance Calder Prince in the 12.15 charity sprint.

The 2001 Balon d'Or winner lost more than a stone in weight during training for the race and it appears to have paid off, as he finished in second place behind Tom Chatfield-Roberts and Golden Wedding:


Owen's performance will come as somewhat of a surprise, especially given reports that he fell from his horse on two occasions last week.

Here's how social media reacted to his performance on the horse:

We can confirm that Michael Owen did not pull his hamstring in the race at Ascot, contrary to the above tweet.

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Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

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