On Monday, Thierry Henry and Alan Shearer were declared the first players to be inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame, with a total of 435 goals and seven Golden Boot awards between them.
Henry, Arsenal’s all-time leading scorer, helped Arsene Wenger win two Premier League titles and was a member of the “Invincibles” squad that went undefeated during the 2003/04 title-winning season.
Between 2001/02 and 2005/06, France’s all-time leading goalscorer and 1998 World Cup winner scored more than 20 Premier League goals in five consecutive seasons.
“To be inducted alongside Alan Shearer as the two first inductees into the Premier League Hall of Fame is more than special,” said Henry.
“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.”
Shearer, who won the Premier League title with Blackburn in 1995, is the league’s all-time leading goalscorer with 260 goals in 14 seasons for Blackburn and Newcastle.
“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’s Park, to wear the number nine black-and-white shirt and it was fantastic. I enjoyed every minute of it.”
According to the Premier League, 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”.
“Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry are two world-class players who lit up the Premier League throughout their time in the competition,” Richard Masters, the Premier League’s chief executive, said as much.
“Both players were capable of scoring every kind of goal, including some of the best we have ever seen.”