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Michael Owen’s Reason For Why David Beckham And Him Weren’t Friends At Real Madrid

Michael Owen’s Reason For Why David Beckham And Him Weren’t Friends At Real Madrid

Former Liverpool star Michael Owen has admitted that he found he had "even less in common" with football icon David Beckham when they reunited at Real Madrid.

The 40-year-old former striker made his senior debut for Liverpool in 1996 and made over 200 appearances for the Reds before moving to Madrid in 2004.

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Meanwhile, Beckham left Manchester United in 2003 after a public falling out with Sir Alex Ferguson and completed a stunning move to Los Blancos.

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Both Beckham and Owen played together for England, but their friendship was no longer as close as some would have expected at Madrid.

Owen, who would leave Madrid after one season, revealed in his autobiography that there wasn't much social life between their families.

The Ballon d'Or winner wrote in Reboot: My Life, My Time: "As much as we ended up living close to David and Victoria Beckham and were two English families living abroad in the same city, there wasn't much in the way of social life as far as them and us were concerned.

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"Given that both Louise and Victoria were quite lonely and both looking after young kids, they'd occasionally see each other while we were training. That was the extent of the friendship, however.

"This perhaps wasn't a surprise given that, by the time we found ourselves in Madrid together, David and I had even less in common than we ever had."

Owen explained that he was never interested in Beckham's style and flair off the pitch, saying he didn't think the United legend considered him in his close circle of friends.

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"I certainly didn't like wearing the trendy gear or mingling among socialite company. David and Victoria, on the other hand, were both bona fide superstars in their own right," he added.

"They were operating on a completely different stratosphere from a social perspective. I never once got the impression I was on the inner circle of David's group of friends."

Owen would sign for Newcastle in 2005 after his ill-fated spell with Madrid and would later play for United and Stoke City before retiring in 2013.

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Topics: Los Blancos, Football News, Football, David Beckham, Michael Owen, Real Madrid, La Liga

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