On this day in 1979 former Liverpool striker Michael Owen was born.

A product of Liverpool’s youth academy, Roy Evans handed Owen his first professional contract just after he turned 17-years-old in 1996. Widely regarded as the best attacker in the country for his age it wouldn’t be long until Michael made a name for himself on a global scale. His first full season as a senior player would see Owen notch 23 goals from 44 games, winning the 1997/98 Premier League Golden Boot with 18 goals (sharing the accolade with Dion Dublin and Chris Sutton) and the PFA Young Player of the Year award.

Having assumed the role of the Red’s number one striker, Owen would continue to endear himself to fans across the world with his prolific eye for goal and in the 2000/01 season, the Chester-born boy-wonder would help Liverpool win their memorable treble of the League, FA and UEFA Cups, famously scoring both goals in the FA Cup final in a 2-1 win over Arsenal.

After making a total of 297 appearances for Liverpool, and scoring 158 goals in that time, Owen would move on from Anfield, opting to join Real Madrid in 2004. He would go on to make a controversial move to rivals Manchester United before retiring at Stoke City in 2013. Although Owen may be a divisive figure among Liverpool fans, he still remains an avid supporter, club ambassador and the only Liverpool player to win the Ballon d’Or during his time at the club.