On this day in 2001: Michael Owen, Ballon d’Or winner.

19 years ago to the day Michael Owen was named European Footballer of the Year, winning the Ballon d’Or. The award was fully deserved as he held off competition from Real Madrid’s Raúl and Bayern München keeper Oliver Khan.

That year Michael had an incredible year helping Liverpool win five trophies scoring 31 goals in 49 games. He also scored six goals for England including a hat trick against Germany where all five goals were scored by Liverpool players that evening.

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