Manchester United and Arsenal legends, Wayne Rooney and Patrick Vieira have become the latest players to be inducted into the English Premier League, EPL, Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame, which was launched last year, is described by the EPL’s official website as “the highest individual honour awarded to players by the Premier League.”
Rooney is the Premier League’s all-time second top scorer, with 208 goals for Man United with whom he won five league titles and Everton.
Vieira, on the other hand, won three Premier League titles during 11 seasons with Arsenal and captained the ‘Invincibles’ team to the title in 2003/2004, when they did not lose a match.
The duo are the ninth and 10th players to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, joining the likes of Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry, Eric Cantona, Roy Keane, Frank Lampard, Dennis Bergkamp, Steven Gerrard and David Beckham.
Rooney is currently the manager of Derby County, while Vieira is the manager of Crystal Palace.
Reacting, Rooney said: “It’s a huge honour for me to be named in the Premier League Hall of Fame, alongside an incredible group of players who have already been inducted.
“Growing up, I watched the Premier League as far back as I can remember. My dream was always to become a professional footballer, score goals, and win trophies, and I was lucky enough to win the Premier League five times.”
On his part, Vieira said: “Being inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame is a fantastic achievement. When I received the news, I thought about being a young boy playing in Senegal, or in a suburb of Paris.”