Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry have become the first players to be inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame.
Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry have created history even after their retirement from professional football. Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry are the first players to have been inducted in the Premier League Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is the highest individual honour awarded to players by sporting leagues. It celebrates the talent and achievements of standout professionals who have featured in the division since its creation in 1992. To be eligible, players must be retired as of August 1, 2020.
Two centre-forwards, both gifted with natural skill and talent who have written their names in Premier League history
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Former Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer still holds the record as the Premier League’s highest scorer. He scored an astonishing 260 goals in 441 appearances across 14 seasons.
He won the title with Blackburn under Kenny Dalglish in the 1994/95 campaign. Shearer then scored 148 times during 10 years at his boyhood club Newcastle from 1996-2006.
The former England forward is a three-time Golden Boot winner as well. Amazingly, he remains the only player to have reached 100 Premier League goals for two different clubs.
He won the Premier League with Blackburn in 1995 before returning to boyhood club Newcastle.
“When you look at some of the unbelievable players to have graced the Premier League – week in, week out, year in, year out – I feel very honoured to join the Hall of Fame. I have to thank all of my team-mates, as well as the managers and coaches that I’ve worked with,” Shearer said, per Sky Sports.
Thierry Henry won the Premier League twice after joining Arsenal from Juventus in 1999. He was a key member of the ‘Invincibles’ squad that went undefeated during the 2003/04 title-winning season.
In 258 appearances for Arsenal, the Frenchman claimed the Golden Boot four times and netted a club-record 175 Premier League goals.
Henry also surpassed Ian Wright’s total of 185 goals in all competitions to become Arsenal’s all-time record scorer (with 228 goals) during his time in north London.
“To be inducted alongside Alan Shearer as the two first inductees into the Premier League Hall of Fame is more than special,” he said.