Wayne Rooney and Patrick Vieira have become the latest players to be inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame. Rooney is currently the second-highest Premier League goalscorer of all time as he won five league titles with Manchester United. Vieira won three Premier League titles with Arsenal while captaining the team during their 2003/04 invincible season. They are the ninth and tenth players to be inducted joining Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry, Eric Cantona, Roy Keane, Frank Lampard, Dennis Bergkamp, Steven Gerrard, and David Beckham.

“It’s a huge honor for me to be named in the Premier League Hall of Fame, alongside an incredible group of players who have already been inducted,” Wayne Rooney said after he and Patrick Vieira were inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame. “Growing up, I watched the Premier League as far back as I can remember. My dream was always to become a professional footballer, score goals, and win trophies, and I was lucky enough to win the Premier League five times. I have so many brilliant memories from my years playing for Everton and Manchester United, and I’m really proud of what we achieved. To enter the Hall of Fame is very special for me personally and I’m grateful to be recognized.”

“Being inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame is a fantastic achievement. When I received the news, I thought about being a young boy playing in Senegal, or in a suburb of Paris,” Vieira said. “To be there with the best players in the Premier League, the best league in the world is bigger than what I was ever thinking about. To have my name around those players makes me proud and makes me realize how good I was.”

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