The Premier League introduced its Hall of Fame on 19th April and on 26th April, it inducted its first players. Arsenal’s Thierry Henry and Newcastle United’s Alan Shearer are the first inductees of the Premier League Hall Of Fame.
Premier League have now announced that former Manchester United player Eric Cantona has been inducted into the Premier League Hall Of Fame. PL described Cantona as “Commanding and charismatic, a master of counter-attacking football and one of the greatest players the Premier League has seen”.
The Premier League Hall of Fame recognises and honours former players who have an exceptional record of on-pitch success and have shown significant contribution to the League since its inception in 1992. This will be the highest individual honour awarded to players by the Premier League.
The Premier League Hall of Fame will exist online with content dedicated to celebrating the careers of those who have been inducted. Only players who are retired are eligible. In order to be eligible for induction in 2021, players must have been retired by 1 August 2020.
The National Football Museum’s English Football Hall of Fame celebrates the entire history of English Football and the English football pyramid. Meanwhile, the Premier League Hall of Fame will celebrate players who have made significant on-pitch contributions to the Premier League only. The Premier League Hall of Fame will exist online and inductees will be selected by public and panel votes.
Here are some of the reactions on Twitter after Cantona’s induction into the PL Hall Of Fame: