Michael is the football marksman turned horse whisperer. The player who was one of the greatest English strikers of modern times now part-owns a magnificent racehorse training yard that is home to a string of expensive thoroughbreds.

Michael retired from football in March 2013 following an illustrious career during which he played for Liverpool (158 goals in 297 games), Real Madrid, Newcastle, Manchester United and Stoke City. This master striker was European Footballer of the Year in 2001, and scored 40 goals in 89 international appearances for England. His pace and predatory positional instincts made him one of the deadliest finishers in the game before a succession of injuries took their toll.

A lover of horse racing from early in his football career, he set up the 170-acre Manor House Stables in north-west England in May 2007 with trainer Tom Dascombe and businessman Andrew Black. They have 90 horses in training.

Michael keeps in touch with football as a regular TV co-commentator and pundit, and has many fascinating tales to share of his two lives in soccer and horse racing.