​That's right, it's relentless. 90min's Premier League Hall of Fame moves into its 12th instalment as we look to cement some of the finest talents to ever grace these shores (since 1992) into Premier League folklore.


While most will become distant memories, those who are fortunate enough to get inducted into our Hall will be those remembered for generations to come - Global Warming permitting.


So far we've seen some true greats added" the Shearer's, the Keane's, the Bergkamp's and, of course, the Sherwood's among many others, and today, we're taking a look at the 2016 class.

There have been some elite classes, but 2016 may top them all. It's short, it's sweet...well, that's it, but we all love a short ceremony, it'll be done in an hour or so.


On a serious note, the class includes a man that defines the phrase 'fox in the box', a legendary poacher and ultimately, one of the greatest goalscorers the league has ever seen. 


Adding to that is a pair of ex-Arsenal title-winners who not only won their fair share over here but also blessed us with two of Martin Tyler's finest commentary moments of the Premier League era. 


Oh, that voice.


Anyway, let's meet 90min's Class of 2016. (*pause for applause*)


Nwankwo Kanu

Nwankwo Kanu

​Premier League Clubs                           ​Years Played
​Arsenal  ​1999-04                                     
​West Bromwich Albion​2004-06
​Portsmouth​2008-12

The evening gets underway with one of Africa's finest ever footballers. While Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have been the super-sub of the Premier League, Nwankwo Kanu is undoubtedly the next best thing. 

After joining Arsenal in 1999, Kanu quickly became known for his goal-scoring prowess from the bench after scoring a handful of important goals early on in his Arsenal career.

While his goal in the north London derby - where he received the ball pinned to a defender before flicking it over his head and smashing home - was great, the greatest moment(s) of his Premier League career came a few months later at Stamford Bridge.

Already on a brace with the game evenly poised at 2-2, Kanu blocked a Chelsea clearance down the left with the ball making its way to the Chelsea byline. For some reason, the Blues keeper - Ed de Goey - came rushing out to collect, but Kanu rounded him expertly before finishing from the acutest of angles...

...''KANU BELIEEEVEEE ITTTTT!!!''

3-2, in added-time. Scenes. 

Thank you, Kanu. Thank you, Martin Tyler.

After stints at West Brom and Portsmouth, Kanu finished his career in England as a x2 Premier League winner, a three-time FA Cup victor, an 'Invincible' and part of the 'Great Escape' in 2005 with the Baggies.

Despite being at the back of the audience, Kanu's two-metre-long legs help him reach the stage in three strides. When he reaches the microphone...silence, he simply falls to a knee and whips out his two-finger 'Gunners' celebration.

Iconic.


Sylvain Wiltord

Sylvain Wiltord
Premier League ClubsYears Played
Arsenal2000-04


After an ambiguous end to Kanu's induction, up next is another Arsenal legend who helped the Gunners towards their best spell in the Premier League era at the start of the Millennium. 


That's right, it's Sylvain 'Clutch' Wiltord.


Off the back of his clutch - you might hear that word a lot - equaliser in the final of Euro 2000, Wiltord was signed for a then club-record fee of £13m prior to the 2000/01 season. 


The versatile forward scored 15 goals in all competitions in his debut season in England but would be remembered most for his antics at the end of the 2001/02 season, notably at Old Trafford. 


In May 2002, Arsenal travelled to the 'Theatre of Dreams' knowing a win would see them regain the title and secure a domestic double. With the game at a stalemate with 35 minutes to go, an Arsenal counter - spearheaded by Sylvain - led to Fabian Barthez parrying a Freddie Ljungberg strike right into the path of an onrushing ''WILTORRRRRRRRD'', who secured the Gunners' second Premier League title and another moment of magic from Tyler up in the gantry.


Also, what better way to finish your Premier League career than as an 'Invincible'?


Just before he reaches the stage, the audience gasps to see a returning Kanu sneaking up from behind. As the Nigerian approaches, Wiltord raises his fist while the gangly Kanu leaps over him effortlessly. A sigh of relief from the audience as the pair hug it out just like they were in front of the away end at Old Trafford back in '02.


Ruud van Nistelrooy

Manchester United's Ruud van Nistelrooy

​Premier League Clubs​Years Played
​Manchester United​2001-06


The final inductee of the night is a biggun, one of the finest goalscorers of his generation - it's Ruud van Nistelrooy.


The Dutchman was eventually signed by Sir Alex Ferguson in 2001 as the Scotsman searched for a forward capable of playing the lone role up top. 


His prolific nature was on display right from the off, as he scored 23 league goals in his debut season. By the time he was done in England in 2006 - in reality, it was a little earlier than that - Ruud had bagged 95 Premier League goals for the Red Devils, winning one league title.


That title-winning season in 2002/03 was certainly the Dutchman's best. That year, he pipped Thierry Henry to the Golden Boot on the final day of the season, finishing with 25 overall - a tally that was described as 'astonishing' at the time. The striker's performances in Europe also saw him named as the best striker in the continent by UEFA, while his incredible domestic campaign was rewarded with the Premier League's Player of the Season award.


As he walks onto the stage - persistently checking his shoulders for a wild Martin Keown - to a chorus of 'Ruuuuud's' or boo's (nobody knows), Van Nistelrooy then, in a rather self-indulged speech, begins to list all of his personal accolades.


With the audience bored and ultimately disgusted, the Dutchman signs off with the line ''I was always better than you, Thierry'', before strolling off oh so effortlessly.


Class of 2005

Class of 2006

Class of 2007

Class of 2008

Class of 2009

Class of 2010

Class of 2011

Class of 2012

Class of 2013

Class of 2014

​Class of 2015