Superstars Patrick Vieira and Wayne Rooney have been inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame.
And the British news agency (BA Media) reported that the duo became the first to be chosen in 2022.
French star Vieira made 307 appearances in the English Premier League, where he won the league title three times, including as captain of the indomitable Arsenal, who are the only team to win the league title without losing a game.
Rooney is the second-highest goalscorer in English Premier League history, scoring 208 goals for Manchester United and Everton, and has also won the league title five times at Old Trafford.
“It is a great honor to be inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame, along with an impressive group of players who have been so honored,” said Rooney.
He added: “I grew up watching the Premier League, and my dream was to become a professional player, score goals and win titles, and I was lucky enough to win the Premier League five times.”
“I have great memories of the years I played for Everton and Manchester United, and I am proud of what I have achieved,” he added.
The duo became number 9 and 10 to enter the list, joining David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, Dennis Bergkamp, Frank Lampard, Roy Keane, Eric Cantona, Thierry Henry and Alan Shearer.
For his part, Vieira said: “Being inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame is a fantastic achievement.”
He added: “When I heard the news, I thought it was just a little boy playing in Senegal or in a suburb of Paris.”