Thierry Henry will be one of two inaugural inductees to the Premier League’s new Hall of Fame when it launches this evening.
Created to recognise and celebrate the best talent playing in England’s top-flight (since 1992), it is being marketed as “the highest individual honour awarded to players” by the Premier League.
Henry will be presented with a personalised medallion when he takes up his place alongside Alan Shearer, the competition’s leading goalscorer.
Two centre-forwards, both gifted with natural skill and talent who have written their names in Premier League history
— Premier League (@premierleague) April 26, 2021
The Frenchman scored 175 goals and provided 74 assists in 258 appearances across two spells as a Gunner between 1999-2007 and on loan in 2012. He won the Golden Boot award on four occasions helping Arsenal to two Premier League titles.
He was so good, we even cast him in bronze outside the Emirates.
“To be inducted alongside Alan Shearer as the two first inductees into the Premier League Hall of Fame is more than special,” Henry said.
“When I was young, I was just trying to make sure I could get a pair of boots and now we’re talking about the Hall of Fame. During my career, I wanted to play hard and make sure I was fighting for the cause, because that’s all the fans want to see. If you asked me at the start of my career about entering the Hall of Fame, I wouldn’t have believed you. It’s an amazing honour.”
This isn’t Thierry’s first inclusion in a Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame, housed at the National Football Museum in Manchester, back in 2008.
Congratulations to Thierry – here’s a short video of him reflecting on his time in England.