The Premier League has launched a Hall of Fame to celebrate some of the incredible talents who have played in England’s top flight since 1992.
Premier League record scorer Alan Shearer and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry are the first inductees of Hall of fame but will soon be joined by six other legends.
We have compiled an XL of players who also deserve to join the club. Note: Only players who retired before August 2020 are eligible for selection. With so many great players to choose from, this will definitely divide opinions, so tweet us your teams. @planetfutebol.
GK: Peter Schmeichel
While we didn’t ignore the merits of Petr Cech, Edwin van der Sar or David Seaman, there really was only one option for the goalkeeper place.
After joining Manchester United from Brondby in 1991, Schmeichel laid the groundwork for five Premier League triumphs over the next eight years.
In addition to doing countless barely credible backups, the Great Dane also had a catapult from a long throw and became the first goalkeeper to score a Premier League goal during his stint at Aston Villa.
Remember when Peter Schmeichel scored that volley for Aston Villa?pic.twitter.com/zJILkWH8Hf
– 90s football (@ 90sfootball) August 27, 2018
RB: Gary Neville
Best known for his bromance with Sky Sports colleague Jamie Carragher, it’s a little-known fact that Neville was once a brilliant Manchester United defender.
Love him or hate him, the reliable right-back was undoubtedly a key part of United’s success and his no-frills defense made him a nuisance to some of the best strikers in the world.
Even when he was shit he was still invincible …
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CB: John Terry
Although Terry may never be one of the most popular figures in football outside of Stamford Bridge, he remains one of the greatest center-backs to ever honor the Premier League.
The Chelsea academy graduate began to establish himself in the first team after the turn of the millennium and continued to lead the club through the most successful period in its history, winning five league titles.
Next to Paul McGrath and Virgil Van Dijk, hHe is also one of only three defenders to win the Premier League-era PFA Player of the Year award.
CB: Tony Adams
A brilliant old-school defender, Adams refused to be intimidated by anyone and was willing to put his head where other players were afraid to set foot.
After winning the Premier League in 1989 and 1991, he led Arsenal to two Premier League titles and scored 115 clean sheets in 255 appearances in the competition.
“The best defender I’ve played against, and I always say this, was Tony Adams,” Alan Shearer said on the Premier League Show in 2017.
We’re definitely not going to argue with Shearer.
LB: Ashley Cole
Premier League winner with Arsenal and Chelsea, Cole is ahead of former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra to take the left-back place in this Xl.
Despite its fair share of off-
The former England international has seen iconic battles with Cristiano Ronaldo over the years and has been equally at ease going forward as well as defending.
RW: David Beckham
Although Beckham is as well known for his life off the pitch as he is on it, we must never forget how good he was as a footballer.
An old-school winger with a right-footed ramrod, he was renowned for providing delicious sixpence crosses to Manchester United forwards.
We could also mention the fact that he has won six Premier League titles and has been runner-up in the Ball d’Or in 1999, but that goal against Wimbledon was enough to justify his place in the team.
David Beckham vs. Wimbeldon… pic.twitter.com/R7t4ncQjCX
– 90s football (@ 90sfootball) October 12, 2020
CM: Patrick Vieira
One of the defining figures in the Premier League’s best rivalries, Vieira was almost ubiquitous in Arsenal’s clashes with Manchester United between 1996 and 2005. His dominant midfield presence made those battles with Roy Keane.
An essential figure in the three titles won under Arsène Wenger (1997-98, 2001-02, 2003-04), when Vieira left for Juventus in 2005, he had long since secured his status as an Arsenal legend and the Premier League. .
Four and a half years later he returned to English football, realizing the final years of his playing career by lending his considerable winning experience to Manchester City.
READ: The Last Goodbye: Vieira in Man City – fox in the box & provocative Fergie
CM: Paul Scholes
Just under 500 Premier League appearances for his boyhood club Manchester United, Scholes was there most of the modern dynasty built by Sir Alex Ferguson.
He was still turning heads with the Class Of 92 when Ferguson’s United won the first Premier League title in 1992-93 before starting to break through in the 1994-95 season, and from there he played a role major in 11 of 13 of the Red Devils. Premier League titles.
Scholes even came out of retirement for the last time in January 2012 and helped United regain Manchester City’s title in 2012-13. They haven’t won it since he and Ferguson retired for good that summer.
READ: A tribute to young Paul Scholes (he scores goals) at Manchester United
LW: David Ginola
After Eric Cantona’s success at Manchester United, the mid-90s saw a greater proportion of foreign talent arrive, and amid fierce competition, few players of that era could hold a candle to Ginola.
The former France international helped Kevin Keegan’s Newcastle United earn their Entertainers label, posing a real threat to Manchester United’s top-of-the-tree supremacy.
Even in the context of 1995, the £ 2.5million paid by Newcastle to PSG turned out to be one of the Premier League’s all-time best deals. Once named French Player of the Year, Ginola had no trouble bringing his trademark flair to a new league and environment and was named FWA and PFA Player of the Year at Tottenham in 1998-99 .
His stint in English football may have only represented one League Cup, but he has won the hearts of Newcastle and Tottenham fans, as well as anyone with an eye for sexy football.
READ: A celebration of David Ginola and an incredible Newcastle United affair
ST: Dennis Bergkamp
Like Vieira, Bergkamp was one of the central pillars of Wenger’s success at Arsenal, with a major role in all three of the Gunners’ titles during the Premier League era. The Dutchman scored 87 goals and recorded 94 assists in 315 appearances in the competition between 1995 and 2006.
But reducing his game to numbers alone, or his career to his list of honors, would do a disservice to one of the most technically gifted footballers in the history of the game. Few, if any, Premier League players match Bergkamp for aesthetics.
His turn Nikos Dabizas says more than words ever could.
READ: Dennis Bergkamp’s biggest first touch isn’t this … or that – it’s that
ST: Eric Cantona
Leeds United have made their fair share of mistakes in their 100-year history, but few compare to their former GM Bill Fotherby phoning Manchester United president Martin Edwards to inquire about Dennis Irwin’s return at Elland Road in November 1992.
Irwin stayed put, but the call sparked Cantona’s move in the other direction, and the rest is history. When the mercurial Frenchman signed, Manchester United had won just six of their opening 16 games of the inaugural Premier League season and looked far from the beat, nine points behind surprise leaders Norwich.
The arrival of Cantona sparked the Ferguson revolution. Their form completely changed and they won their first title since 1967 by 10 points.
The Red Devils won the title in four of Cantona’s five seasons at the club and remained the dominant force in English football for another decade and a half after laying the groundwork. Arguably the most influential player in Premier League history.
Alternates: Petr Cech, Rio Ferdinand, Gary Speed, Roy Keane, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Andy Cole.
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