2013/14 English Premier League
The winger cut his teeth with Middlesbrough and even joined arch rivals Sunderland on loan when he was not getting a game, however it did not take him long to get into the Boro first-team and the 2004-05 season saw him establish himself as one of the side's best players.
The Middlesbrough native made his international debut against Holland in 2005 but sustained a serious knee injury while on a tour of the US with England which curtailed his development, but he returned to secure a place in the 2006 World Cup squad.
His energy, creativity, ability to beat a man and crossing skills marked him out as a dangerous customer and a real asset to Boro, but when Villa came calling in July 2009 with a £12 million bid, they had to let him go.
Despite not being fit to play again until December, Downing eventually made a real impact on the flank at Villa Park. His incisive play won much praise, even after some indifferent performances for his country, and he won the 2010-11 Player of the Year award at his club after another successful season.
Improving every year, it was no surprise when Liverpool targeted Downing and put in three bids - the last of which amounted to around £20 million - which was finally accepted in July 2011. He joined the Reds on July 15, 2011, inking a "long-term" deal.
Strengths: A versatile player who is happy on either wing, Downing's crossing is excellent and he uses his pace and skill well down the flanks.
Weaknesses: Exposed when playing in a defensive role, the inconsistency that followed him earlier in his career is still a concern.
Career high: A stunning performance in Boro's amazing comeback against Steaua Bucharest in the 2005 UEFA Cup at the Riverside as he was involved in all four goals in a masterclass of wing play.
Career low: A knee injury saw Downing sidelined for five months at the end of 2005, and saw him miss most of the run to the UEFA Cup final.
Style: Quick, incisive, accurate, a tricky winger to play against.
Quotes: "A sensational find". Lazio star Fernando Couto describes Downing after a mauling by Boro in 2005.
Trivia: Downing is a DJ in his spare time. ''I play funky house. My mates help out and DJs I know send me stuff which is helpful. I would love to do it more,'' he said.
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