The former Manchester United captain's induction follows those of strikers Eric Cantona, Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry.
Roy Keane has joined his former teammate Eric Cantona in the Premier League Hall of Fame, meaning that two of the four inductees, so far, are from Manchester United’s history. This honour recognises players who have demonstrated an exceptional record on the field and have made important contributions in the division since its creation in 1992.
Manchester United’s two legendary former club captains Roy Keane and Eric Cantona have been enlisted alongside Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry, in what is described as the competition’s highest individual honour.
Keane joined United from Nottingham Forest for a British record fee in 1993 and quickly became a galvanising presence in the midfield, providing unrivalled amounts of energy and fighting spirit, plus a world-class passing ability that is often overshadowed by his tough-tackling, straight-talking persona.
Known as ‘Keano’ to fans and ‘Keaney’ to his teammates, Roy helped to usher in a period of dominance in the 1990s and became the club captain when Cantona retired, on this day in 1997.
The former no.16 won an astonishing seven Premier League titles in total and registered 366 appearances in the competition along the way, also scoring 39 goals and registering 33 assists.
In a statement published via the Premier League’s official website, Keane offered a short response to his inclusion and it sums up his devotion to the team.
“I feel very lucky to be inducted but I’ve only been inducted because of the players I’ve played with,” Keane said.
Tony Adams, David Beckham, Dennis Bergkamp, Sol Campbell, Eric Cantona, Andrew Cole, Ashley Cole, Didier Drogba, Les Ferdinand, Rio Ferdinand, Robbie Fowler, Steven Gerrard, Roy Keane, Frank Lampard, Matt Le Tissier, Michael Owen, Peter Schmeichel, Paul Scholes, John Terry, Robin van Persie, Nemanja Vidic, Patrick Viera, Ian Wright.