Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry were the first inductees into the Premier League Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is regarded as the highest individual honor for players. It is reserved for standout professionals since its inception in 1992.
Alan Shearer holds the record for the most goals scored in the Premier League with 260 goals from 441 appearances. He played for Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United across 14 seasons. Shearer won his first title in the second Premier League season in 1994/95. Shearer has won the Golden Boot on three occasions and remains the only player to score 100 goals for two different clubs.
“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 honored 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.” Shearer said. “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.”
Thierry Henry moved to Arsenal from Juventus in 1999. He won the Premier League twice including the ‘Invincible’ season where the team went unbeaten throughout the 2003/04 season. Henry won the Golden Boot on a record four occasions. He scored 175 goals in 258 appearances for Arsenal. He scored more than 20 goals in a season for five consecutive seasons between 2001 and 2006.
“To be inducted alongside Alan Shearer as the two first inductees into the Premier League Hall of Fame is more than special.” Thierry Henry said. “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.”