With two legends set to be inducted next month, the Premier League have launched their own official Hall of Fame.
Coming soon…. #PLHallOfFame
— Premier League (@premierleague) February 27, 2020
The Premier League officials claimed that they want to “recognise and celebrate the exceptional skill and talent of players since 1992”. With a shortlist drawn up to allow fans to vote for additional deserving Hall of Famers, The Premier League chiefs went on to say two players will be inducted into the list and voting in the due course.
Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said:
“Since 1992, the Premier League has been home to world-class players who have defined generations and provided us with compelling football season after season.
“A place in the Premier League Hall of Fame is reserved for the very best.
“It will be an occasion for our fans around the world to look back over the years and help us celebrate some truly exceptional playing careers.”
According to the entry rules, the players be retired already and only their Premier League performances will be noted for the Hall of Fame purpose. The performances on the international front, Europe and other domestic cups are not taken into consideration.
Even though the list is yet to be released, the fans of different clubs are already divided as to who deserves the two automatic spots, with such a vast array of talent plying their trade in the league in the last 28 years.
One Arsenal supporter posted a picture of Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp, and captioned: “First names on the list.” But one disagreed, saying Manchester United‘s stars are set to be heavily represented.
First names on the list pic.twitter.com/ExC0dhukJH
— P™ (@SemperFiArsenal) February 27, 2020
“Manchester United is going to be the most represented team in this list; which is obvious given that they’ve won 13 titles on the competition, 8 more than 2nd.”
A Chelsea fan demanded their biggest legends be recognised, saying:
“Drogba, Terry and Lampard are must wont tell u again.”
Also, the Liverpool midfielder and Sky Sports pundit Alan Shearer and Manchester United midfielder and Welsh manager, Ryan Giggs were amongst the names to crop up time and time again. However, not everyone among the fans wanted “marquee” names, with one suggesting ever-present grinders deserve a look in.
One supporter said:
“I want them to avoid doing bulls*** like adding in just marquee names, long standing servants that were PL household names for over a decade.
“Gareth Barry (why is he still playing lol), James Milner (when he retires), David James…”
The first two Hall of Famers are going to be named next month and each inductee will be receiving a personalized medallion, engraved with the year they were bestowed with the honor.
On the other hand, some sections of the fans feel that the “Hall of Fame” should be opened up not only to players but also to managers. Especially with Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger and their contribution to the Premier League, it remains to what Premier League decide.