Thierry Henry and Alan Shearer have been named the first players to be inducted into the Premier League Hall Of Fame.
The league’s chief executive Richard Masters said: “Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry are two world-class players who lit up the Premier League.
“Both players were capable of scoring every kind of goal, including some of the best we have ever seen.”
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Shearer is the league’s all-time record goalscorer with 260 goals and lifted the trophy in 1995 with Blackburn Rovers.
He remains the only player to have scored 100 Premier League goals for two clubs.
Wayne Rooney is the other only other player to have scored more than 200 goals in the competition.
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Henry won the Premier League in 2002 and 2004, the latter as part of the famous Invincibles, which went unbeaten in the league.
The Frenchman scooped the Golden Boot award a record four times – in 2001–02, 2003–04, 2004–05 and 2005–06 – and bagged more than 20 Premier League goals in five straight seasons between 2001 and 2006.
Henry may well be the greatest Premier League player of all time, although some would say Shearer deserves that crown.
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What they said
Shearer told Sky Sports: “When you look at some of the unbelievable players to have graced the Premier League I feel very honoured to join the Hall Of Fame.
“It was my dream to win trophies and 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.”
Henry added: “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. Now we’re talking about the Hall Of Fame. If you asked me at the start of my career about entering the Hall Of Fame, I wouldn’t have believed you.”