Manchester United News: It was a long time coming but it has finally arrived. Former Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney and Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira are the latest legends to be inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame.
The pair join the likes of Eric Cantona, Steven Gerrard, Alan Shearer, Roy Keane, and Dennis Bergkamp in the Premier League’s list of the greatest players to have graced the competition.
Rooney and Viera were inducted into the hall of fame through a public vote as the fans recognized their history-making contribution to the league and to their clubs.
Rooney was Manchester United’s poster boy for years whereas Vieira was the captain of Arsenal through his best years. Rooney’s versatility and Vieira’s toughness were the key components that made these players so valuable to their teams and the league.
Manchester United News: Rooney’s statement
Rooney is the second-highest scorer in the league since its inception in 1992. The now Derby County manager has five titles to his credit. He also won player of the year in 2009/10 and goal of the season in both 2004/05 and 2010/11.
The accolade is the greatest individual honour in the domestic League. The former Everton and Manchester United star said that it has been a dream of his since he was a child watching his heroes play.
“Being selected to the Premier League Hall of Fame with an exceptional group of players is a big honour and very special for me,” he said. “As long back as I can remember, I followed the Premier League as a kid.”
“My ambition has always been to play professional football. I have a lot of great memories from my time at Everton and Manchester United, and I’m pleased with what we accomplished.“
What did Vieira say?
Vieira was a member of the Arsenal Invincibles club that won the Premier League title in 2003/04. He has won the trophy three times in total, including the Player of the Season award in 2000/01. The Frenchman believes it is about time he joined Bergkamp and Thierry Henry in the Hall of Fame!
“Joining this company isn’t a bad idea. I was fortunate enough to play alongside several of them, like Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp. As a result, sharing the stage with them confirms that I had a successful career,” he remarked.
“I am thrilled to hear the news and for me, it’s a great achievement. It reminded me of how I started playing as a young boy playing in Senegal or a Paris ghetto.”
“Being in the Premier League was a dream. I played alongside such great players and it was more than anything I could ever ask for. It’s a pleasure to see my name associated with them and it just reminds me that I was good.”