Each inductee will receive a personalised medallion, engraved with the year of their induction.
Liverpool and Manchester United legends Steven Gerrard and David Beckham have been voted into the Premier League Hall of Fame. Gerrard was the driving force in Liverpool’s midfield for 17 years. The midfielder inspired his teammates with surging runs, pinpoint passes, talismanic tackles and spectacular strikes. Gerrard scored 120 goals and recorded 92 assists in the Premier League. The legendary midfielder made 504 appearances in the league between 1998 and 2015. All the games were played for Liverpool. Gerrard is one of the only two players to make at least 500 appearances for the club in the competition, along with Jamie Carragher (508).
The Liverpool midfielder won the Premier League Player of the Month award six times. David Beckham is the second addition to the Premier League Hall of Fame.
The former Manchester United midfielder helped the club win six Premier League titles. Beckham’s sublime passing ability, pinpoint crosses and 18 goals from trademark free-kicks, are certainly exemplary, to say the least.
The two players join Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry, Eric Cantona, Roy Keane, Frank Lampard and Dennis Bergkamp in receiving the League’s highest individual honour.
“It’s an honour to be inducted into the inaugural Premier League Hall of Fame alongside these legends of the game and league. The Premier League was such an important part of my career and life and I’m delighted to be recognised alongside these icons who I played with, competed with and looked up to,” said Beckham in an interaction with premierleague.com.
“This is made even more of an honour for me knowing that it was down to the fans. This past year or so has shown just how important fans are to the game and it’s so great to see them slowly being able to come back to stadiums because they make football truly special. I’ve always said that throughout my playing career and beyond, I’m so lucky to have incredible fans who support me no end so thank you to everyone who voted,” he added.
Beckham termed the influence of Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson as a major factor behind his success.
“The sense of community and family that Sir Alex ensured we all felt was so important. I was lucky to be in a team that I had supported since I was a boy and with a group of players who I had played with for such a long period of time,” he said.
“That made us all so much closer as a team. We all fought for each other on the pitch every second. Sir Alex was an incredible manager and there’s no way we would have been able to achieve what we did without him. He will always be an inspiration to me,” concluded Beckham.