Football legend Michael Owen dreams of winning the Dubai World Cup

Robbie Keane (left), Saeed Hareb and Michael Owen. (Picture courtesy Dubai Sports Council)
Robbie Keane (left), Saeed Hareb and Michael Owen. (Picture courtesy Dubai Sports Council)

Dubai - 'If Messi or Ronaldo scored the kind of goals that Salah has scored, we would be speaking about it for a very long time,' says Robbie Keane

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Published: Wed 27 Oct 2021, 11:57 AM

Last updated: Wed 27 Oct 2021, 12:14 PM

Michael Owen, the former Liverpool and England football star, dreams of winning the Dubai World Cup in his post-retirement avatar as a racehorse breeder and owner.

Winner of the Ballon d'Or in 2001 and named by Pele in the Fifa 100 list of the world's greatest living players, Owen has become a racehorse breeder and owner since retiring from football in 2013, and his top-class Brown Panther, winner of the Royal Ascot in 2011, won the Dubai Gold Cup here in 2015 at the Meydan.

Brown Panther overcame his wide draw and kicked away to an impressive victory in the $1 million Dubai Gold Cup, one of the undercards on the 2015 Dubai World Cup night.

Owen remembers that night vividly, and is hoping to return to Meydan and win horseracing’s most coveted prizes, the Dubai World Cup.

“It is one of the toughest horserace in the world, not easy to win,” said Owen. “Honestly, I don’t think I have a horse that can win the Dubai World Cup at this moment. But it is the dream of every racehorse breeder and owner to win the Dubai World Cup, and it is my dream as well. I dream of winning the Dubai World Cup someday.”

Owen made the statement during his visit to Dubai Sports Council on Tuesday, alongside another former Premier League star striker Robbie Keane.

Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council, received the duo in the presence of Nasser Aman Al Rahma, Assistant Secretary General of the Council.

“I would like to thank Dubai Sports Council for their warm welcome and hospitality,” said Owen. “Dubai is a place that I visit regularly, maybe twice a year on holiday and mix it up with business, meet some people out there.

“Since the time me and Robbie have been coming here, more and more special events have been taking place here in Dubai. Sports in Dubai is amazing. There are so many big events taking place here. Obviously the ICC T20 Cricket World Cup is taking place here at the moment. Also, I am a keen follower of golf and Dubai is one of the leaders in that sport for many, many years. So it is an ever-expanding city and I like to come and visit. It’s so big on sports and events.”

Already planning his next trip to Dubai, Owen added: “Expo 2020 Dubai, of course, is a huge event and I am sure it is going to be a huge success. I will probably visit the Expo, later in maybe three or four months. Will bring my family and have a walk there.”

Mo Salah the best

Keane, Ireland’s most capped player (146 appearances) and all-time record goal-scorer (68 goals), is also enjoying watching Liverpool and their Egyptian star Mohamed Salah in action.

“Liverpool have got a top, top manager and certainly top players,” Keane said. “The way they play their football at the moment is very, very exciting. Very good to watch. And for me, Mo Salah, you have to say, at this moment he is the best player in the world.

“The way he is playing, I think this season he has gone to another level again and some of the goals he has scored, if anybody else scored them – if Messi or Ronaldo scored the kind of goals that he has scored, we would be speaking about it for a long time.

“He has been a revelation this year and he continues to get better and better. I don’t think anybody can argue that he is probably the best player in the world at the moment.”

Owen shared those sentiments and, with Salah in the form that he is, he believes Liverpool will cruise to the Premier League title this season.

“The Premier League is a very exciting league at the moment… It’s very competitive,” Owen said. “But with Mo Salah and the form that he is in at the moment, playing as well as he is and scoring so many goals, I have to just favour Liverpool winning this season.”

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