Premier League - Owen 'earns £7,000 a minute'

If you thought Manchester City's Yaya Toure was the best-paid player in the Premier League, think again: Toure's £220,000-a-week is dwarfed by the wages being received by Michael Owen.

Premier League - Owen was finished long before 'retirement'

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Stoke City's Michael Owen

A report in The Sun has pointed out that the former Liverpool striker has collected £7,000-a-minute for the time he has spent on the pitch since joining Stoke earlier this season. That's over three times as much as City pay midfield lynchpin Toure.

A combination of rustiness and fitness troubles have meant that Owen has yet to start a match in over 14 weeks with Tony Pulis's club, and the 33-year-old has clocked up just 53 minutes of playing time.

We decided to delve a little deeper into the figures to see exactly what sort of value Owen has been providing for his new employers.

Michael Owen's pay at Stoke has been...

...£25,000 per week

...£6,839 per minute on the pitch

...£13,425 for every touch of the ball

...£362,500 for every shot at goal

...£Infinity for every goal.

If you think that's bad, at least Stoke only have Owen on a 12-month deal. His injury-ravaged four-years at Newcastle ended up costing the Magpies £494,000 for every appearance and £1.3 million for every goal their star signing made. Admittedly, however, he clocked in at a slightly more affordable £5,485 per minute during that stint.

And surely the magnificence of his Movember moustache is worth a few quid too?

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