Rio Ferdinand has suggested that Alan Shearer would not get in his Premier League top ten as he “didn’t win enough” as a player.
Shearer is the all-time Premier League top scorer having netted 260 goals from 441 outings. Wayne Rooney is the nearest player to him, as he reached 208 top-flight goals before retiring.
The Newcastle United great won the PFA Player of the Year award in 1995 and a year later he came third in the Ballon d’Or awards.
It was announced earlier this week that Shearer and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry will be the first inductees in the Premier League Hall of Fame.
In an interview with the Premier League‘s official website, Shearer said he was “very honoured” to be inducted into the Hall of Fame:
“When you look at some of the unbelievable players to have graced the Premier League, I feel very honoured to join the Hall of Fame. I have to thank all of my team-mates, as well as the managers and coaches that I’ve worked with.
“All I ever wanted to be was a professional footballer. It was my dream to do that, my dream to win trophies and my dream to score at St James’ Park, to wear the number nine black-and-white shirt and it was fantastic. I enjoyed every minute of it.”
Henry added: “To be inducted alongside Alan Shearer as the two first inductees into the Premier League Hall of Fame is more than special. When I was young, I was just trying to make sure I could get a pair of boots, and now we’re talking about the Hall of Fame.”
But speaking on his FIVE YouTube channel, Ferdinand claimed that Shearer would not make his own top ten players list:
“It’s hard not to put Steve Gerrard in (the list) because my criteria I’m going on is winning the Premier League and consistency.
“That’s why Gareth Bale or Barry doesn’t get in, and Alan Shearer wouldn’t get in my first 10 – they were great but as great as they were they didn’t win enough for me.”