The Premier League Hall of Fame welcomed six new legends, including Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Man City.
Sergio Aguero, Didier Drogba, Vincent Kompany, Peter Schmeichel, Paul Scholes and Ian Wright have all been inducted into the latest group of iconic figures honored by the English top flight.
These six join Patrick Vieira and Wayne Rooney in the Class of 2022, who were welcomed into the fold in March.
They are now Hall of Famers with original inductees Thierry Henry, Alan Shearer, David Beckham, Dennis Bergkamp, Eric Cantona, Steven Gerrard, Roy Keane and Frank Lampard.
Schmeichel is the first goalkeeper to be honored with a place in the Hall of Fame, which is selected by the public and the Premier League jury.
The 58-year-old Dane won five titles with Manchester United between 1991 and 1999 and went on to play for Aston Villa and Manchester City, ending his career with 310 top-flight appearances, 128 clean sheets and one goal.
“When I was a kid in Denmark, I fell asleep in this dream of playing for Manchester United,” he said.
“The team I was part of was so good that winning the Premier League once was special, but we felt we had to keep it to prove ourselves and it was a dream come true for me to win five titles.”
Former City striker Aguero also secured a spot, with the Argentine posting an all-time record as the division’s top-scoring foreign player with 184 goals in 275 appearances between 2011 and 2021.
The 33-year-old, who retired in December due to health reasons after moving to Barcelona, won the Premier League title five times during his time at the Etihad Stadium, with former City captain Kompany , 36, involved in four of those triumphs.
“I think it’s the best league in the world, where the football is fast and beautiful and the atmosphere is always amazing,” Aguero said of the English top flight.
“I just loved playing football here with Manchester City and the memories of winning the Premier League five times, including the most important goal of my career to win that first.”
Former Chelsea striker Drogba, 44, netted 104 top-flight goals in 254 outings over two spells at Stamford Bridge, winning the title four times.
Old Trafford great Scholes is also on board, rightly earning his place with a glittering career he spent entirely with United. The 47-year-old scored 107 times in 499 outings between 1993 and 2013 and won 11 titles.
Arsenal great Wright rounds out the latest caps.
The 58-year-old former striker and beloved legend won the Premier League with Arsenal in 1998 and scored 113 goals in 213 appearances in the competition, including a short stint with West Ham.
He spoke of his pride at being selected for the honour, writing on social media: “Growing up in south London, football was my escape.
“We played for pure fun and that’s something that never left me when I was playing.
“I always felt like I was running out of time and it’s a good time to appreciate the journey, the hard work and overcome the doubts I had.
“You have to remember that for most of my footballing journey I never thought I would become a professional footballer. So to do that, to enjoy the times that I had with the fans and my teammates and now to receive this distinction is a real honour.
“I feel really humbled and grateful.”
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