“Like Judas, it kisses and kills; like Joab, it salutes and slays”
Everyone knows 'GOD' Robbie Fowler. In my last article I wrote about Jesus joining Liverpool...Have we now found Judas?...Judas who has sold his soul to the Devils... the "Red Devils"? I'm talking about Michael Owen, yes the "ex" Liverpool footballer.
Michael Owen, one of the most memorable players to have played at Liverpool was respected and admired, even after his shocking move to Real Madrid. A lot of people then could talk about him being a traitor and money hungry...some did, yet many yearned to see him back at Anfield.
I’m not accusing "MO" of anything. I’ve always respected him and appreciated all he’s done for us but at the end of the day I’m a Liverpool supporter, I can’t help feeling betrayed.
Put yourself in our place, imagine your favorite player, someone who was raised and learned to play at your club, saying something about the team you detest, something that goes like this: "'Right throughout the squad they are obviously a fantastic team with fantastic players, that's why they've all won so much throughout their careers, and hopefully I can jump on the bandwagon, score a few goals, and help us to further success'.”
And when you remember former quotes like ‘“I believe my ambitions can be fulfilled at Liverpool. I find it a little insulting that, after 12 years’ service, my loyalty is being questioned. I want every supporter to know that I am as committed to Liverpool as any player at the club. I have been the same ever since I first came to Anfield as an 11-year-old.”
You wonder...Where is that commitment?
Hurts doesn’t it?
His move to Real Madrid didn’t leave the greatest impression in one’s mind, but a move to Manchester United is a true blow. Cristiano Ronaldo has been a few times accused to being a traitor... but nothing can be as traitorous as moving to a rival team.
Manchester United fans might agree with me that someone who achieved fame and popularity at one team, leaving as soon as he hears a big number is not a positive quality.
Michael Owen’s move to Madrid is strikingly similar to Ronaldo’s move, except for the fact that Ronaldo was born and bought up in a foreign country. Michael Owen graduated through the Liverpool Academy and grew up in Liverpool.
One may have wondered why would he moved to Real Madrid... Is the fame? Or the money?
In his autobiography, Michael Owen spoke about his move. He said that he wanted to become a greater player. 118 goals in 216 appearances, winning five trophies in one year, including the UEFA Cup and the FA Cup... and he feels that Liverpool FC is stifling his growth?
Implying that by moving to a ‘greater’ team, he would achieve his dreams reminds me of the words of Jamie Carragher... ‘Who’s bigger than Liverpool?’
For two guys who were really close in their young days, they seem to have different morals and beliefs. Jamie Carragher would just laugh in Ferguson’s face if approached for a move. It is obvious that no matter how great he gets, he would not accept an offer to Madrid. It is such loyalty that is appreciated in football. Has football become about money, fame and status now?
The same year Owen moved to Madrid, another very famous Liverpool player was offered a chance at another club. This player stayed, while the other one left... Steven Gerrard is now undoubtedly the more successful of the two, would you deny it?
Although comparing Owen to Judas might be wrong, Jesus also says to him ‘You will be cursed by the other generations—and you will come to rule over them”...
Owen, minus injuries, has the capability to be a remarkable force for United, he could revert to his former goal scoring ways... or maybe this is a huge mistake on Ferguson’s part.
Whatever the future holds, I no longer hold the same respect as I did for Michael Owen, and wish him good luck in all his future endeavours. I will, from now on, deny his existence... and only refer to him as Judas, till the shock of this betrayal wears off.