The baby-faced striker was already building quite the reputation as a goalscorer for Liverpool when he burst onto the global stage at the France 98 World Cup.
The then 18-year-old (already being dubbed 'Le Schoolboy' in the French media) scored one of the World Cup's greatest goals during England's pulsating Round of 16 encounter with Argentina.
Effortlessly collecting a pass from David Beckham, Owen burst past one defender, jinked round another and then clipped the ball across the advancing keeper and into the far corner.
The goal showcased everything that made Owen one of the world's greatest strikers – it had pace, skill, directness and a clinical finish.
He scored goals wherever he went, and that included stints at Real Madrid and Manchester United, but injury robbed him of his electrifying acceleration and his career rather petered out after such a stellar start.
Still, averaging a goal every other league game at club level and 40 in 89 England appearances is a record any striker would be proud of.
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