Former Arsenal and France captain Patrick Vieira has been chosen as the newest inductee into the English football Hall of Fame at the National Football Museum as recognition for his outstanding achievements as a player in this country.
Vieira was a tower of strength for Arsenal across nine seasons in North London, winning three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and famously captaining the Gunners to a full unbeaten campaign in 2003/04.
The giant midfield maestro also spent two seasons at City towards the end of his career and is now coach of their development squad, deciding to stay at the Etihad and work out his favoured path in the game following retirement.
Those contributions are to be singled out for special praise by the National Football Museum on October 16 a special dinner, where former England strikers Michael Owen and Alan Shearer will also be inducted.
Vieira spoke of his pride in being mentioned alongside Shearer, Owen and a star-studded list of former Arsenal team-mates on City's official website, sharing: "I am extremely honoured and proud that I have been selected to join the National Football Museum Hall of Fame.
"It is a huge privilege to be inducted and join my former team mates Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Tony Adams on the illustrious list.”
Former Chelsea and Manchester Ray Wilkins and football's first £1m man Trevor Francis will also have their names added to the Hall of Fame later this year, making for quite a class of 2014.