Love Island’s most notable contestant on the 2022 collection belongs to one of the crucial well-known households in British sport.
So some viewers have been left baffled when her male suitors on the present didn’t make the connection between Gemma Owen and her father Michael – as soon as the best footballer on Earth.
The Owens have develop into a family title in British sport and whereas Gemma hasn’t taken after her dad by lacing up her boots, she has develop into a dressage rider. She’s made no secret of her heritage and was dropping all types of hints in her Love Island promotional video when the present launched on Monday night time.
However after revealing what her final title was, there have been no lightbulbs popping up on anybody’s heads about who her well-known father was. Even a chat with one of many new boys – who had revealed he wished to enter sport efficiency and work with soccer groups – couldn’t assist him work out her relation to Owen Snr, now 42.
Gemma had requested her new match Liam if he had performed at a ‘first rate stage’, to which he replied: ‘I really feel such as you’ve been with an ex-footballer or one thing.’
Certainly lots of the public watching the present additionally appeared unaware of Gemma’s father’s credentials and significance to English soccer regardless of his numerous achievements and iconic recollections within the lovely recreation.
Right here, Sportsmail breaks down the unbelievable profession of Michael Owen and why Love Island followers must be being attentive to him after his daughter set off for a summer time of affection in Majorca.
Many Love Island followers weren’t conscious of Gemma Owen’s well-known father Michael (L) after she made her entrance on the 2022 present
Owen is among the most iconic gamers in England’s historical past who scored a well-known purpose towards Argentina in 1998 – and, pictured right here, a hat-trick towards Germany in 2001
Who’s Michael Owen?
Nicely, he is solely certainly one of England most iconic participant. And the final participant from this nation to win the Ballon d’Or – the award given to the world’s finest footballer – which he pulled off in 2001.
Michael Owen began his profession at Liverpool and rapidly took English soccer by storm
Again then he was enjoying for Liverpool, the membership the place he began his profession, and rapidly turned one of many brightest abilities in English soccer after scoring 23 objectives in simply his second senior season within the 1997-1998 marketing campaign.
That yr he collected his first 12 caps for England because the nation started to rave concerning the teenager, who was then simply a young person.
Actually, he turned the youngest participant to function at a World Cup at France 1998 when he was despatched on in its place by Glenn Hoddle of their opening recreation towards Tunisia and was the youngest to attain within the event after discovering the web towards Romania within the following match.
Nevertheless it was the knockout phases of the competitors that actually put Owen on the map.
He scored an iconic purpose towards Argentina within the 1998 World Cup in France by going previous two gamers earlier than smashing in a incredible solo effort
Owen was picked to start out towards Argentina alongside Alan Shearer – who had scored the equaliser from the penalty spot – and it was the younger expertise who introduced himself with a sensational solo purpose to place England in entrance.
After being picked out by David Beckham, Owen collected the go and surged via on purpose after out-muscling one Argentina participant, earlier than sidestepping one other, and thumping the ball into the nook.
England followers throughout the nation have been despatched wild as an actual assertion was made that this was a particular participant to take severely. Despite the fact that England went on to attract 2-2 and lose on penalties, it was a second watched by round 23million Brits on TV, which is among the most watched UK sporting occasions in historical past.
Owen’s strike was a particular second in British sport throughout a recreation watched by 23m folks
How did he win the Ballon d’Or?
After making a reputation for himself on the World Cup, Owen continued to excel for Liverpool and his large yr got here in 2001.
It noticed him rating 31 objectives in that calendar yr to assist Liverpool win the FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Cup, UEFA Tremendous Cup, and the FA Neighborhood Defend.
Whereas he was unable to steer Liverpool to the Premier League or Champions League titles, his abilities didn’t go unnoticed on the world stage as he turned simply the fourth British participant to ever win the Ballon d’Or after Sir Stanley Matthews, Sir Bobby Charlton and Kevin Keegan. No Brit has received it since.
He beat off fierce competitors for the award too, pipping Actual Madrid famous person Raul and England team-mate David Beckham to the celebrated honour.
The objectives saved coming after selecting up the prize, scoring one other 75 occasions throughout the following three seasons earlier than a few of soccer’s elite golf equipment got here calling.
Owen scored 31 occasions in 2001 for Liverpool and was topped as the most effective participant on the planet
What golf equipment did he play for?
After leaving Liverpool, Owen made high-profile transfer to Actual Madrid – one of many greatest golf equipment in world soccer – then for a charge of £8million in 2004.
Owen was given the well-known Quantity 11 shirt and joined Madrid’s glowing crew of ‘Galacticos’, together with Brazilian striker Ronaldo, Luig Figo, Roberto Carlos, Zinedine Zidane and his England pal Beckham.
However Owen struggled to breed the performances that earned him rave critiques at Liverpool as he tailored to his new environment and was criticised by the Spanish press – although he nonetheless managed to finish the season with 16 objectives.
In 2004 he sealed a high-profile transfer to Actual Madrid – one of many greatest golf equipment on the earth
He later joined Newcastle (R), the place he struggled with accidents, earlier than later having success with Liverpool’s rivals Manchester United
MICHAEL OWEN’S CAREER IN NUMBERS
Liverpool – 297 video games, 158 objectives, six trophies
Actual Madrid – 45 video games, 16 objectives
Newcastle United – 79 video games, 30 objectives
Manchester United – 52 video games, 17 objectives, three trophies
Stoke Metropolis – 9 video games, one purpose
England – 89 caps, 40 objectives
It turned clear that the transfer had not labored out for Owen and he was provided an instantaneous return to England after only one yr in Spain by Newcastle United – who paid a club-record charge of £16.5m to signal him.
His arrival was greeted by followers like a God as tens of 1000’s of supporters gathered to witness his unveiling as a Newcastle participant in 2005.
Owen’s time at Newcastle was blighted by accidents, nevertheless, and he managed simply 79 appearances in 4 years, scoring 30 occasions. He later admitted he regretted transferring to Tyneside and that he would have most well-liked a return to Liverpool.
In 2009, with Owen leaving the membership on a free switch, he signed for Manchester United – who have been then probably the most profitable membership in England and the bitter rivals of his previous membership Liverpool.
The transfer did not go down effectively with followers of Liverpool because of this however Owen was profitable with United – scoring a well-known winner within the Manchester Derby towards their rivals Man Metropolis within the dying minutes to win the sport 4-3 and later profitable the Premier League title and League Cup for Sir Alex Ferguson’s crew.
He performed 52 occasions for United, scoring 17 occasions, earlier than ending his profession at Stoke Metropolis in 2012. His enjoying days ended on a low be aware as he featured simply 9 occasions for the Staffordshire-based aspect, scoring a single purpose.
Who’s he married to and what number of youngsters does he have?
Owen married his childhood sweetheart Louise Bonsall in 2005 after they met in main college again in 1984, and so they’ve had 4 youngsters collectively.
Dwelling in Chester, Louise gave delivery to Gemma in 2003, with a son Michael following in 2006. A 3rd baby, and their second daughter – named Emily – got here alongside in 2007 and their ultimate baby and third daughter Jessica arrived in 2010.
Owen and Louise have each been avid followers of horse racing and are regulars at occasions such because the Royal Ascot. Owen has owned and bred horses, main Brown Panther to a 2011 win at Ascot and the 2015 Dubai Gold Cup.
It has been the pair’s love of horses and horse racing that inspired daughter Gemma to take up her profession as a dressage rider and Owen can be happy to see her comply with him into sport – however he cannot be too blissful that she’s now determined to enroll to Love Island to be chased by male contestants.
Owen married his childhood sweetheart Louise Bonsall in 2005, with the pair assembly at main college again in 1984
The couple’s firstborn was their daughter Gemma Rose, who arrived in 2003, two years earlier than they received married. Just below 20 years later she is now a Love Island contestant
What about his off-field behaviour?
Owen has been within the limelight for all of the flawed causes within the final yr – along with his marriage introduced into focus after texts have been revealed from a dialog with former Large Brother star Rebecca Jane.
The married man allegedly despatched a whole bunch of texts to the previous actuality star, with the chat ultimately turning into sexual as he requested her to ship him 20 topless images, telling her he would ‘decide them’ and requesting that she ‘depart nothing to the creativeness’.
It got here as a shock contemplating Owen’s beforehand noble popularity as a loving father and husband, with the previous footballer allegedly asking to fulfill up together with her at a horse race.
Owen allegedly begged actuality star Rebecca Jane for nude pictures and instructed her that he would ‘decide’ them in a whole bunch of seedy textual content messages
Miss Jane is a educated solicitor and beforehand fronted a lovecheat detective company.
Owen allegedly wrote to her: ‘Come on then, hearth them via. It is a lengthy boring journey to London so I want one thing to do… depart nothing to the creativeness.
‘And I will advise on the suitability of them for social media – hopefully none of them are appropriate.’
When Miss Jane granted his request, he’s believed to have responded: ‘Great by the best way.’
‘Certainly you have received pics saved up,’ he’s mentioned to have added when asking for extra. ‘I assumed I used to be going to be judging dozens?
‘How about ship me about 20? That’d be good.’
Miss Jane, who appeared on Large Brother in 2017, used to run a lovecheat detective company and is an everyday visitor on ITV’s This Morning
In Owen’s autobiography Reboot – My Life, My Time, he revealed he and Louise had gone via difficulties and have been getting ready to divorce in 2014, with the pair attending marriage counselling.
He mentioned the couple had labored on their variations and mentioned he had develop into ‘a very completely different individual’.
‘Now that my life-changing liaison with the concept of splitting up with Louise and the household in 2014 has handed, I am fairly positive everybody who is aware of me will say that I am now a very completely different individual – in the very best method.’
What does Owen do now?
Owen has develop into an everyday face for soccer followers on BT Sport’s protection of the largest video games within the Premier League and Champions League, and he has additionally lent his voice to commentary work.
His expertise of enjoying in a few of soccer’s most high-profile matches has been precious to broadcasters, although followers have taken purpose at his generally restricted evaluation and mentioning the apparent in matches.
Soccer supporters will recall his notorious quote: ‘You want individuals who rating objectives. That is the way you win video games’, whereas on commentary obligation, in addition to the basic ‘Footballers as of late usually have to make use of their toes’.
Owen has develop into a well-recognized face as a pundit and commentary, however his work has not at all times earned excessive plaudits from followers
Owen has additionally made a reputation for himself with a lot of business offers, together with because the face of washing powder agency Persil, whereas he was the entrance cowl star of Professional Evolution Soccer throughout his enjoying days.
Since retirement, followers have seen him pop up on a lot of tv programmes, together with Superstar Crystal Maze, Sport Aid – and he even appeared as a secret contestant on The Masked Singer. He was secretly performing as a Doughnut character and made it to the sixth episode.
‘Lastly I can apologise for burning your ears these previous few weeks,’ he wrote on Twitter after his elimination.
‘My children badgered me into doing @MaskedSingerUK however I’ve to say it was a terrific expertise and an entire lot of enjoyable.
‘Nonetheless cannot consider I received previous spherical one!’
The ex-striker was unveiled as thriller contestant ‘Doughnut’ on the Masked Singer in January
What has Owen mentioned about Gemma showing on Love Island?
He is not too blissful, let’s simply say that.
Owen has jetted off to Munich, the place he’ll be a pundit for England’s conflict towards Germany on Tuesday night time – simply in time to overlook the launch of the hit ITV present, the place his daughter was the centre of consideration.
He insists he’s supportive of her determination to go on the present, however admits he’s residing each father’s ‘worst nightmare’.
Owen has admitted Gemma happening Love Island is a father’s ‘worst nightmare’ however insists he helps her determination to go on the present
‘I’ve no doubts that she is going to make us all proud,’ he mentioned. ‘It is most likely a father’s worst nightmare, however no matter she desires to do you have to be supportive. I’ve heard lots about it.
‘I believe previous, grumpy males like me will at all times have an opinion on it as a result of I do not watch it and also you simply hear snippets, however she assures me it is not as unhealthy as I believe.
‘It is fairly a giant factor and no matter she desires to do, it’s a must to be supportive and I believe I’ve given her a good sufficient grounding to be respectful’.