Dennis Bergkamp and Frank Lampard Inducted Into Hall of Fame
The Premier League Hall of Fame unveiled its two latest inductees, legendary football players from Arsenal and Chelsea, Dennis Bergkamp and Frank Lampard.
“I’m extremely proud if people say I was one of the first foreign players who added something to the English game. […] The Premier League most definitely made me a better player. From the moment I arrived in England, I embraced the English mentality and passion for football; it suited me and my style of play,” Bergkamp said.
Arsenal’s ‘Iceman’ joined the club in 1995 after transferring from Inter Milan and played in 315 league matches wearing the Arsenal jersey. He scored 87 goals and won three Premier League titles during his career with the Gunners. According to his public statement, Bergkamp “enjoyed every minute of it”. The Dutch football legend is now 52 years old and has been enjoying his retirement since 2006.
The same year Bergkamp went to Arsenal, Chelsea’s record-breaker Lampard began his career at West Ham United. In 2001, he transferred to Chelsea, where he won three League’s titles and a Player of the Season award for 2004/05. During 648 games, he scored 211 times for the Blues, becoming the greatest goalscorer the club has ever had. It’s no wonder he was the punters’ favourite at many betting sites.
“As a young lad, I remember just wanting to make it into the West Ham team, and looking up to players like Roy Keane, Alan Shearer, and Thierry Henry, so to be mentioned in the same bracket as them is a real honour,” said Lampard.
A total of six superstars were picked out of a 23-man shortlist. Aside from Bergkamp and Lampard, Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry, Eric Cantona, and Roy Keane were inducted into the Hall of Fame this spring. These players were chosen by fans, whose votes were combined with those from the Premier League panel.
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