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JUST IN: Drogba becomes first African to be inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame (SÉE OTHER WINNERS)

Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has become the first African to be inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame.

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Drogba joined five others who were voted in by the public through an online vote and the Premier League Awards Panel.

The Premier League revealed on Thursday morning that the Ivorian and five others will join the duo of Wayne Rooney and Patrick Vieira as the 2022 inductees and will be handed their awards in a formal ceremony slated for later this evening in London.

“Drogba was a four-time Premier League champion with Chelsea, earning a reputation as the archetypal big-game player. The centre-forward was capable of scoring every type of goal and twice won the Premier League Golden Boot, in 2006/07 and 2009/10,” the Premier League said of the ex-Blue in a statement.

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The 44-year-old scored a total of 104 goals in 254 League appearances during two spells with the Blues.

Other players who will be joining Drogba as inductees include former Manchester City duo, Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany, and Manchester United legend, Paul Scholes.

Also on the list of inductees are Peter Schmeichel, who played for Manchester rivals, United and City, and Arsenal legendary forward, Ian Wright.

Premier League Chief Executive, Richard Masters, congratulated the latest inductees, who he described as “World-class” players.

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“The latest additions to our Hall of Fame were all world-class players who entertained fans around the world and helped to define different eras of the Premier League.

“I congratulate them on receiving the honour and thank those who voted for their favourite players. We now have 16 incredible inductees in the Premier League Hall of Fame and I look forward to seeing who will follow them in years to come.”

The Premier League Hall of Fame recognises and celebrates the exceptional skill and talent of individuals who have played in the Premier League since its inception in 1992.

It is the highest individual honour awarded to players by the League.

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