However despite being the only two Englishmen in Madrid’s ranks, Owen revealed he and partner Louise rarely spent time with Beckham and his wife Victoriaaway from football.
Speaking in his autobiography, Reboot, Owen said: “As much as we ended up living close to David and Victoria Beckham and were two English families living abroad in the same city, there wasn’t much in the way of social life as far as them and us were concerned.
“Given that both Louise and Victoria were quite lonely and both looking after young kids, they’d occasionally see each other while we were training. That was the extent of the friendship, however.
“This perhaps wasn’t a surprise given that, by the time we found ourselves in Madrid together, David and I had even less in common than we ever had.
“I certainly didn’t like wearing the trendy gear or mingling among socialite company.
“David and Victoria on the other hand, were both bona fide superstars in their own right.
“They were operating on a completely different stratosphere from a social perspective.
“I never once got the impression I was on the inner circle of David’s group of friends.”
Owen was only at Madrid for one season before returning to British shores in 2005.
But the comments are not the first revelation from Owen’s book aimed at Beckham, after he admitted he still harbours strong feelings toward his former international captain over his sending off at France ’98.
Both players broke into the England team around a similar time, featuring in their first major tournament at that World Cup.
Beckham was red carded in the last-16 against Argentina in a match where an 18-year-old Owen announced himself on the world scene with a wondergoal…Continue Reading