Football has many different leagues and competitions around the world, but in the UK, you don’t get much bigger than the Premier League.
In the Premier League, fans can often see some of the greatest players go head-to-head, playing for some of the biggest clubs including the Premier League’s ‘big six’ – Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool FC, Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City.
The league was thrown into a tailspin when these clubs threatened to breakaway from the Premier League and join the proposed Super League but the outcry has left those plans on the bench.
With so many iconic players having cemented their legacies in the Premier League since its inception nearly 30 years ago, it’s little wonder a new Premier League Hall of Fame is set to honour some of the greats.
What is the Premier League Hall of Fame and who are the first inductees?
What is the Premier League Hall of Fame?
The Premier League Hall of Fame recognises and honours former players who have an exceptional record of on-pitch success and have shown significant contribution to the League since it was established in 1992.
The Premier League Hall of Fame will exist online and will publish exclusive content celebrating the careers of inductees.
What are the Premier League Hall of Fame requirements?
Only players who are retired are eligible to be inducted and, in order to be eligible for induction in the inaugural 2021 list, players must have been retired by August 1, 2020.
Players must have also:
Appeared in more than 200 Premier League appearances for one club
Selected to any of the Team of the Decade or 20-Year Anniversary teams
Won a Golden Boot or Golden Glove
Been voted as Player of the Season
Won three Premier League titles
Scored 100 Premier League goals, or goalkeepers who have recorded 100 Premier League clean sheets
Who were the first two Premier League Hall of Fame inductees?
To kick off the Hall of Fame, there will be eight inductees overall – two were pre-chosen by the Hall of Fame committee and six players were voted in from a 23-man shortlist.
The two inductees chosen by the Hall of Fame committee were Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry.
Alan Shearer, 50, is most famous for playing for Newcastle United and England.
He was with the Magpies for 10 years, making 404 appearances and scoring 148 goals.
He retired in 2006 and has turned to commentating since.
Thierry Henry, 43, joined the Premier League in the 1999/2000 season when he signed with Arsenal.
The French native remained with the club right up until 2012, making a total of 258 appearances and scoring 175 goals.
Who was voted into the Premier League Hall of Fame?
The six remaining football stars have been decided from a public and panel vote.
Fans can visit dedicated Hall of Fame content for each player online now.
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