Premier League unveil ‘Hall of Fame’ and induct Thierry Henry and Alan Shearer

Thierry Henry and Alan Shearer have become the first two inductees of the inaugural Premier League Hall of Fame.

The English top flight have created the Hall of Fame in order to award its standout performers over the last 19 years, with players only eligible if they have been retired since August 1 of last year.

And on Monday it was confirmed that Arsenal icon Henry and Newcastle and Blackburn great Shearer are the first two players to receive the honour.

Shearer is still the leading goalscorer in Premier League history, bagging a total of 260 goals in 441 appearances.

He played a key part in Blackburn’s historic 1994/95 Premier League title triumph, before enjoying a legendary 10-year spell with boyhood club Newcastle.

The former England striker got his hands on the Golden Boot on three occasions and remains the only player to have netted 100 Premier League goals for two different clubs.

After being inducted into the Hall of Fame, Shearer said: “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.

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  • “All I ever wanted to be was a professional footballer. It was my dream to do that, my dream to win trophies and my dream to score at St James' Park, to wear the number nine black-and-white shirt and it was fantastic. I enjoyed every minute of it.”

    As for Henry, he proved an invaluable member of Arsenal’s record-breaking 2003/04 Invincibles side – who remain the only team in Premier League history to go through an entire season undefeated.

    The Frenchman got his hands on two titles in north London and registered a club-record 175 goals in 258 appearances, scooping the Golden Boot a record four times.

    He fired in over 20 goals in five campaigns in a row between 2001 and 2006 before sealing a move to Barcelona in 2007.

    “To be inducted alongside Alan Shearer as the two first inductees into the Premier League Hall of Fame is more than special,” Henry said.

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    “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.”

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