Apart from being there for comedy value, Michael Owen is surely the worst TV pundit by some distance.
As well as his generally all-round clueless commentary on BT Sport’s football coverage, Owen’s lack of self-awareness is also legendary.
Covering the PSG v Manchester City match on Wednesday night, Michael Owen has actually managed to exceed his own usual dismal standards.
The outstanding Zlatan Ibrahimovic added yet another goal to his staggering collection, as PSV shared four goals with City in the Champions League quarter-final first leg.
Talk turned to the striker being out of contract and potentially moving to the Premier League next season for one final challenge and payday, Ibrahimovic turning 35 in October and having achieved pretty much everything in his career.
The rumours suggest that the Swedish striker could earn as much as £600,000 next season if he moves to the Premier League.
Obviously it is mad money but Michael Owen had the audacity to say with regard to wages:
“I was playing in the wrong era wasn’t I?”
Considering Michael Owen was paid £110,000 a week for four years at Newcastle, some £23m, and scored 26 Premier League goals in return – he certainly has some cheek. Only to then walk away on relegation…
The biggest irony though is that Michael Owen is less than two years older than Zlatan Ibrahimovic, so they actually did play in the same era…or rather Michael Owen played in the early part of it before giving up once he got to Newcastle and then stole a living ever since then.
Owen joined Newcastle in 2005 and since that point I reckon he scored some 55 goals, 44 in club football and 11 for his country.
In contrast, Ibrahimovic has scored 358 goals according to the stats I have just checked, some 306 for his clubs and 52 for Sweden.
Michael Owen only started three Premier League matches after he turned 30, just too much effort and hassle to actually play some football for his money.
Yes the PSG forward no doubt earns crazy money now and then next season,wherever it is, he will earn even more.
However, message for Michael Owen – Ibrahimovic actually earns whatever money he receives. A concept that failed him once he walked into St James Park and which still applies to his ‘expert’ TV analysis…