Stoke City striker Michael Owen has earned a massive £7,000 a MINUTE so far this season!

The Sun says the crocked striker is on £25,000 a week.

But he has played only 53 minutes since signing in September and his latest comeback has been put back until after the busy Christmas fixture schedule, ruining his 33rd birthday today.

Owen's pro-rata pay works out THREE TIMES what Yaya Toure has earned per first-team minute at Manchester City... and he is on £220,000 a week.

The ex-Liverpool and Manchester United star is yet to start a Stoke match in more than 14 weeks but had hoped to make his return from hamstring trouble from the bench against Everton on Saturday.