The legendary Arsenal striker Dennis Bergkamp and Chelsea’s all-time top scorer Frank Lampard have been inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame. The two are now joined by Thierry Henry, Alan Shearer, Eric Cantona, and Roy Keane to receive the competition’s highest individual honor. Lampard and Bergkamp are the latest players to be inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame. In an official Premier League statement, Bergkamp said: “It is great to be part of a small group of players who have been recognized for playing in the strongest league in the world. I feel honored. “
Bergkamp won the Premier League in 1995 when Arsenal signed him from Inter Milan. The magical player devastated England with his outstanding technical ability and is considered by many to be the lowest footballer in world football.
He was also the first Dutchman to make a hat-trick in the Premier League when he moved to Leicester City in August 1997. He is known for his goal against Newcastle United, where his spectacular tour and final was voted by fans in 2002, the best goals in the first 25 years of the Premier League.
Lampard has scored 177 goals in 609 Premier League matches for West Ham, Chelsea, and Manchester City. He scored 211 goals in all competitions for Chelsea. Following Chelsea’s 2004/05 title-winning campaign, the ex-England international was named the Premier League’s Player of the Season.
More recently, Lampard was also Chelsea’s manager but was fired in the middle of the 2020–21 season due to poor performance. Thomas Tuchel was appointed in his place. Only four players have scored more goals in the Premier League than Lampard, who has also scored against 39 different opponents in the competition, more than any other player.
This week, two more inductees to the Hall of Fame will be announced from a 23-man shortlist based on the most combined votes from the public and a Premier League panel.