EPL Hall of Fame: Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry first to be inducted
The English Premier League is considered the biggest and most competitive domestic football league globally. Alan Shearer is a legendary English striker who played for Newcastle United, while lethal French striker Thierry Henry scripted his legacy at Arsenal.
The English Premier League continues to remain the biggest domestic football league globally, with as many as seven big clubs. As a result, it continues to produce legendary players worthy of a lifetime accolade.
On the same note, EPL has introduced its Hall of Fame, 29 years since its inception. As for the inductees, a couple of them have already sealed their place in the prestigious room.
Former English great and striker Alan Shearer was one of the firsts to join the fame. He continues to hold the record of scoring the most goals in EPL history, of 260 in 441 games, having made a name for himself at Newcastle United.
Shearer won the title with Blackburn Rovers in 1994-95 under Kenny Dalglish. He also won the Golden Boot on three occasions and is the only player to score 100 goals for more than one EPL club.
"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 teammates, as well as the managers and coaches that I've worked with," said Shearer.
The other one happened to be lethal former French striker Thierry Henry, who made a massive name for himself playing at Arsenal. He won the EPL twice since joining the Gunners in 1999 and was a part of the 'Invincibles' during the side's 2003-04 title-winning campaign. He won the Golden boot on record four occasions, besides scoring the most goals for the club (228).
"To be inducted alongside Alan Shearer as the two first inductees into the Premier League Hall of Fame is more than special. 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," Henry reckoned.
Meanwhile, EPL is organising voting for the following six inductees on its official website, with the polling set to run until May 6. The 23 players shortlisted for vote are:
GK: Peter Schmeichel
DEF: Tony Adams, Sol Campbell, Ashley Cole, Rio Ferdinand, John Terry and Nemanja Vidic
MID: David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, Roy Keane, Frank Lampard, Matthew Le Tissier, Paul Scholes and Patrick Vieira
STR: Dennis Bergkamp, Eric Cantona, Andrew Cole, Didier Drogba, Les Ferdinand, Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen, Robin van Persie and Ian Wright
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