• After a promising youth career, Owen became an instant hit when he netted on his Liverpool debut against Wimbledon in 1997.
  • Though he only managed two appearences in his first season for Liverpool, in 1997-98 Owen netted 23 goals for the Reds and won the Golden Boot award.
  • A stellar year on Merseyside was recognised by Glen Hoddle who handed Michael a place in his 1998 World Cup squad.
  • Aged just eighteen, Owen proved to be one of England's top performers in the competition and will be remembered for his stunning goal against Argentina.
  • Owen retained his golden boot the following year, but a hamstring injury was to cut his season short and set the tone for a career blighted by injury.
  • After intermittent appearances for the next two seasons the Liverpool man was back on track in 2001, leading the Reds to a League, FA and UEFA Cup treble.
  • 2001 continued to be a great year for Owen as he netted a hat-trick in England's famous 5-1 demolition of Germany in Munich.
  • Owen's achievements were recognised by FIFA who awarded him the 2001 Ballon d'Or.
  • The Liverpool man was again influential in England's 2002 World Cup campaign, helping the Three Lions to reach the quarter finals.
  • Michael continued to rack up achievements at Liverpool, adding another League Cup title and his 100th Premier League goal to his resume.
  • After netting 158 goals for Liverpool, Owen signed for Real Madrid in August 2004 for a fee of £8 million.
  • Despite a slow start to his career in Spain the Englishman eventually found his feet, netting 13 goals in his first season.
  • Ultimately Owen was unable to match the level of performance he had reached at Liverpool, and returned to England having netted just 16 times for Madrid.
  • It was Newcastle who offered Michael a return to the Premier League, as the Magpies signed the striker for a club record fee of £16.8 million.
  • Thigh and metatarsal injuries limited Owen to just eleven appearances in his first season for Newcastle, though he did muster seven goals.
  • Owen saw his World Cup campaign cut short by an anterior cruciate ligament injury which kept him out of action for almost a year.
  • Despite speculation over a return to Liverpool, the striker stayed in the North East for a further two seasons, adding 23 goals to his tally.
  • Following Newcastle's relegation from the Premier League, Owen allowed his contract to run down before joining Manchester United on a free in July 2009.
  • Owen netted 17 times for United, including the winner in a crucial Manchester derby, also picking up his first Premier League title in 2011.
  • Michael joined Stoke City after being released by Manchester United in 2012, and will finish his playing days at the Britannia at the end of this season.

Michael Owen

After a promising youth career, Owen became an instant hit when he netted on his Liverpool debut against Wimbledon in 1997.