Some will say that Michael Owen doesn't quite fall into the category of "famous footballers".
However, just one glance to the Ballon d'Or winners list will set that straight, with the England icon clinching the 2001 Ballon d'Or title in dynamic fashion—proving himself to be up there with the likes of Pele, Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi (okay, maybe slightly carried away at the end).
Anyway, the point is that Owen—a famous footballer—owns horses, and lots of them!
Owen owns countless horses, with some of them quite successful. BBC Sport reports that it was Owen's horse—Brown Panther—that won the King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2011—with his purchase of the Manor House Stables giving him a number of prolific horses to call his own.
Numbers from the BBC also state that the stables currently holds about 100 horses (with plans to expand to 130 horses). In 2010 alone, Owen was the recipient of over £400,000 in prize money, meaning that he definitely tops the list of "successful footballers turned horse owners".
According to The Guardian, it also seems that owning horses has made him quite philosophical, with Owen explaining why he chose to purchase the stables.
When you retire, you have to have something that grips you and gives you that adrenaline thrill. I've been in racing for 10 years and it is the only thing that matches the thrill of scoring a goal..