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Michael Owen reveals why his son “will never be a footballer”


Former Real Madrid, Liverpool, Manchester United and Newcastle striker, Michael Owen has revealed that his 13 year old son, James Owen, will never be a footballer because he suffers from a degenerative eye condition. 

Owen, who has three daughters with his wife Louise, talked about his son’s condition for the first time on The Times.

”He will never be a footballer. My son’s got an eye condition,’ he told. ‘I’ve never said this. I don’t want a big headline.

‘Clinically, he’s blind. He’s got Stargardt disease, a degeneration of his retina. I used to go and watch him and bollock him about his positioning.

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‘He can’t see the ball until it’s five yards away. As much as every father wants their son to play, it is almost a relief to me.

‘Everyone always asks, “Is he going to be a footballer” and then I stand on the side of the pitch and hear, ‘He’s not as good as his dad.’

‘I knew when I was seven I wanted to be a footballer,’ he added. ‘I was so far ahead of everyone at eight, nine and 10 that I knew I was going to be a footballer.

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‘I’d go to school and know I could run rings around everyone else. If we played football at playtime, when I got to 12, 13, I wouldn’t even try for the embarrassment of being too good for them.’

Owen currently works as a TV pundit and just released a new book on his life as a footballer.


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