Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira , has been inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame, alongside Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney.
Vieira captained the ‘Invincibles’ winning three Premier League titles during his 11 seasons with Arsenal.
In his second season with Arsenal, the French international helped the Gunners win the league for the first time in 1997-98.
In 2000-01, he was voted Premier League Player of the Season, and the following year, he won the league for the second time. After becoming Arsenal captain, he led the ‘Invincibles’ to the Premier League title in 2003-04, a season in which they did not lose a single match.
During his 307 appearances, Vieira scored 31 goals and assisted 34 times.
Since its founding in 1992, the Premier League Hall of Fame has recognized and celebrated the remarkable ability and talent of people who have graced the league. It is the league’s highest individual honor given to players.
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. To be there with the best players in the Premier League, the best league in the world, is bigger than what I was ever thinking about. To have my name around those players makes me proud and makes me realise how good I was.
“It’s not bad company to join. I was lucky to play at the same time as some of them, of course including Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp. So to share the stage with them makes me realise I had a really good career.
“What really makes me happy and proud is when your name is mentioned by new, up-and-coming holding midfielders as an example of how they would like to play.”