27 People Who Would Rather Michael Owen Didn’t Commentate On Football

Michael Owen picks up a microphone and starts a Twitter trend.

The new Premier League season started up today, with Liverpool kicking off the year with a match against Stoke. Broadcast newcomers BT Sport were given the first game of the season, and Ian Darke was joined by former pro Michael Owen to commentate on the match.

3. Twitter was not happy.

Ordinarily, trending on Twitter is a good thing. But football fans can be fickle and cruel - and the Twittersphere was both about the Liverpudlian.

16. The insults became personal, mocking Owen’s propensity as a player towards injury (caused by his commitment to the game).

19. Within minutes, the humble hashtag #MichaelOwenFacts had sprung up, trying to encapsulate Owen’s on-mic performance in relevant facts about his life.

30. Even Paddy Power got in on the (cruel) action.

34. Others were kinder, though. Michael Owen, it turns out, may be a bit like Marmite. You either love him or hate him.

39. Michael Owen ought not to mind, though. He had an incredibly prolific football career, and is now a champion racehorse owner.

40. He probably has more money than all of us put together.

41. Plus he did this in 1998, so frankly, we’re all in his debt.

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