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ICONS of Football 2017: Robbie Fowler

There are few footballers who are more beloved by a club’s fans than Robbie Fowler is by Liverpool’s.

Nicknamed “God” by the Anfield faithful, Fowler brought an intense, physical style to the game that helped make him one of the best goal scorers the Premier League has ever seen.

Ever since signing with the Liverpool youth team in 1991, Fowler has exhibited quick and opportunistic striking abilities. He could score from anywhere on the pitch, with either foot, and was especially effective in the air. A complete scorer like Fowler only comes around so often.

After breaking through to the first team in 1993, it did not take long for the Liverpudlian to become a star for the Reds. He scored more than 30 goals in three consecutive seasons, and scored the Premier League’s second-fastest hat trick ever at the time, in just four minutes and 33 seconds.

The 2000-01 season was by far Fowler’s most successful, as he helped captain Liverpool to a unique cup treble, winning the FA Cup, UEFA Cup and Worthington Cup. His inspirational performances, like scoring in the League Cup Final against Birmingham City, were instrumental to the Red’s success.

Fowler’s former midfield wizard teammate at Anfield, Steve McManaman, said that Fowler was the “greatest goalscorer of all time.” Stan Collymore, a strike partner of Fowler’s at Liverpool, wrote in his autobiography that Fowler was the best player he had ever played with. When footballers like Collymore and McManaman speak so highly of him, it is a great indicator of the immense talent Fowler possessed.

He played for four other Premier League teams, including Leeds United and Manchester City, but despite playing for a handful of clubs outside Merseyside (and, in the case of his stinst in Australia and Thailand, outside the UK), Fowler and Liverpool will always go hand-in-hand. He ended up returning to Anfield in 2006, before his stint abroad, playing one more year for the Anfield faithful who adored him so much.

The striker wound up finishing sixth in Liverpool’s all-time scoring ranks with 183 goals. He also finished sixth in the all-time Premier League goal charts with 162 in 379 appearances despite an unfortunate history of injuries.

Of course, as an elite footballer, Fowler had a presence at international level too. He first appeared for the England team in 1996 and was called up for Euro 96, Euro 2000 and the 2002 World Cup England squads. He ended up earning 26 caps and scoring seven goals for his country.

Fowler retired in 2012. He still attends Liverpool games, an example of the strong bond between club and star.

Robbie Fowler will look to bring his accuracy and power to the golf course for the ICONS of Football 2017 Tournament at Belfry on 23rd-25th June. The 41-year-old will play for the England team, captained by Lee Westwood.

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