Michael Owen lit up England and Liverpool with his scoring exploits from 1996 to 2004, and in 2001, he became the first (and still only) Englishman to win the Ballon d'Or.
It's hard to imagine that given where he is now, and that's why Owen comes in as just an honorable mention.
In 2004, Owen was pushing for a transfer from his boyhood club, and sat out of Liverpool's early Champions League matches so as not to be cup-tied. Just before the transfer deadline, Owen sealed his dream move to Real Madrid.
At the end of the season, though, the joke was on him. Liverpool won the Champions League in 2005 with a miraculous three-goal comeback against AC Milan in Istanbul, and Owen has struggled with injury and been little more than a bench player for Newcastle and Manchester United ever since.
Based on recent exploits, Robin van Persie can certainly be considered an honorable mention on this list as well.
Without further ado and in no particular order...