Alan Shearer, Premier League record goal scorer, and Thierry Henry, four-time Premier League Golden Boot winner, have been named the first two players to be inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame.
Shearer, having netted 260 goals across 14 Premier League seasons with Newcastle and Blackburn Rovers, won the Premier League title in the 1994-95 season with Blackburn and is the only player to have scored 100 goals in the competition for two different clubs.
“When you look at some of the unbelievable players to have graced the Premier League … I feel very honoured to join the Hall of Fame,” Shearer said in a statement.
“All I ever wanted to be was a professional footballer. It was my dream to do that, to win trophies and score at St James’ Park, to wear the number nine. I enjoyed every minute of it.”
The Frenchman won the league title twice and was a key member of the ‘Invincibles’ team that went unbeaten through the 2003-04 campaign. He scored a club-record 175 Premier League goals in 258 appearances for the Gunners. Henry also surpassed Ian Wright’s total of 185 goals in all competitions to become Arsenal’s all-time leading scorer (with 228).
“To be inducted alongside Alan Shearer as the two first inductees into the Premier League Hall of Fame is more than special,” Henry said.
“When I was young, I was just trying to make sure I could get a pair of boots and now we’re talking about the Hall of Fame. During my career I wanted to play hard and make sure I was fighting for the cause, because that’s all the fans want to see.
“If you asked me at the start of my career about entering the Hall of Fame, I wouldn’t have believed you. It’s an amazing honour.”
Two centre-forwards, both gifted with natural skill and talent who have written their names in Premier League history
— Premier League (@premierleague) April 26, 2021