Two former England captains topped the list of inductees for 2021 with remarkable achievements recognized
Manchester United icon David Beckham has been confirmed as the latest Premier League Hall of Fame inductee for 2021, Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard, who also got a nod.
Beckham, who was part of the legendary class of 92 of the Red Devils, won six league titles during his time at Old Trafford, as well as two FA Cups and the Champions League.
He was famous for his precise passing and crossing ability, with 18 top-flight goals recorded from trademark free kicks – a record at the highest level in England that still stands to this day.
What was said?
After being elected to the Hall of Fame, Beckham told the Premier League official site: “It is an honor to be inducted into the Premier League’s inaugural Hall of Fame alongside these legends of the game and the league.
“The Premier League has been such an important part of my career and my life and I am delighted to be recognized alongside these icons with whom I have played, competed and admired.
“It’s even more of an honor for me to know that it was for the fans. This last year has shown how important the fans are to the game and it’s so great to see them slowly come back to the stadiums, because. that they make football really special.
“I have always said that throughout my playing career and beyond, I am so lucky to have such amazing fans supporting me endlessly, so thank you to everyone who voted.”
Beckham’s Greatest Achievements
A man who was to become England captain burst onto the scene as a talented teenager and announced himself to the world with an amazing strike from the midline during a meeting with Wimbledon in August 1996.
He said of the effort: “This Wimbledon goal from the halfway line was an incredible moment.
“Looking back now and seeing pictures where you can see my mom and dad behind the goal celebrating, it makes it even more special.
“It was a great strike and I’m lucky it came in, otherwise I’m sure the manager would have had something to say about it!”
He added of the many trophies he has won and what they still mean to him, having grown up as a United fan: “Every title is special and I cherish the memories of each one. said, winning in 1999 was definitely one of my favorites.
“Considering what we have been able to accomplish this season when so many people have written us off, it has been an incredible moment and one of the proudest moments of my career.”
Who else is in the Hall of Fame?
Alongside Beckham in the final round of voting, former Liverpool captain Gerrard also hit the mark.
The all-action midfielder spent a memorable 17 years as part of the first-team crease at Anfield, helping the Reds win the FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Cup and Champions League.
The Premier League said of another all-time great: “As a driving force behind the Liverpool midfielder for 17 years, Gerrard has inspired his teammates with sweeping runs, precise passes, charms talismanics and spectacular strikes, scoring 120 goals and providing 92 assists in the competition.
“Gerrard made 504 PL appearances between 1998 and 2015, all for Liverpool, and is one of only two players to make at least 500 appearances for the club in the competition, along with Jamie Carragher (508).
“The midfielder’s qualities were underlined by the fact that he has won the Premier League Player of the Month title six times.”
Gerrard and Beckham now sit next to it Hall of Fame Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry, Eric Cantona, Roy Keane, Dennis Bergkamp and Frank Lampard.