Premier League (PL) has inducted goalscorer Alan Shearer and four-time Premier League Golden Boot winner Thierry Henry into the official Premier League Hall of Fame.
PL while announcing this on its official website on Monday, said the two centre-forwards were the first two inductees to be honoured.
The Hall of Fame recognises and celebrates the exceptional skill and talent of individuals who have graced the Premier League since its inception in 1992.
According to the announcement, this is the highest individual honour awarded to players by the League.
Shearer having netted 260 goals across 14 Premier League seasons, was inducted as the League’s all-time top scorer.
He was the first player to reach a century of PL goals, scoring 112 times in only 138 matches while he was a striker at Blackburn Rovers, and won Premier League title with them in the 1994/95 season.
Shearer is a three-time Golden Boot winner and remains the only player to have reached 100 goals in the competition for two different clubs (Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United).
Shearer while reacting to his induction into the Hall of Fame, 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.
“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.”
His counterpart, Henry, won the Golden Boot award four times and scored a club-record 175 Premier League goals in 258 matches for Arsenal.
According to reports, the centre-forward netted more than 20 Premier League goals in five consecutive seasons between 2001/02 and 2005/06.
Henry while playing for Arsenal, won the Premier League title twice and was a key member of the “Invincibles” team who went unbeaten during the 2003/04 title-winning campaign.
Henry in response to the honour said, “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.
“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.”