From Balotelli to Di Canio – Daily Star’s very own Premier League ‘Hall of Fame’

Neil Warnock and Ian Holloway are unlikely to make it into the Premier League Hall of Fame but they can console themselves with a spot in the Daily Star Sport’s own version.

The Premier League announced Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry as the first inductees into their Hall of Fame on Monday.

It’s perhaps unsurprising that the duo made it with Shearer the all-time leading goalscorer in the Prem, while Henry netted 175 times for Arsenal.

The likes of Sergio Aguero and Wayne Rooney will surely be future inductees, though they don’t make it into our ten.

Though one man who has only recently left the Premier League does…

Mario Balotelli

Why always you Mario? Because you inevitably made it about yourself, though the Premier League will always remember the former Manchester City and Liverpool star.

The Italian was regularly in the headlines during his time in England while bringing flair onto the pitch too.

Balotelli once scored with his shoulder while he was brought off in a pre-season game after trying to backheel the ball into the net.

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Paolo Di Canio

Former Sheffield Wednesday, West Ham and Charlton ace Di Canio was once handed an 11-game ban after pushing referee Paul Alcock.

Though he also scored one of the Premier League’s greatest goals with a stunning scissor kick volley across goal.

Di Canio took his flamboyancy into management, Banning ketchup, mobile phones, mayonnaise and singing before games at Sunderland. Into our Hall of Fame you go.

Jose Mourinho

We may never see Jose in the Premier League again following his sacking at Tottenham but England certainly got his best and worst side.

Introducing himself back in 2004 at Chelsea as the Special One, it was clear Mourinho was a confident man.

He delivered success at the Blues and Manchester United, while his interviews quickly became stuff of legend.

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Eric Cantona

Not only did Eric Cantona kick a Crystal Palace fan, he then declared: “When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea. … Thank you."

It’s about as bizarre as you can get but the Frenchman was another that showcased brilliance on the field.

Cantona remains one of the most popular Manchester United players of all time, even after some strange advertisements in recent years.

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  • Tino Asprilla

    Asprilla was an instant favourite with Newcastle fans though his off-field antics soon became of more interest.

    David Ginola, another who could have made our Hall of Fame, once recalled Asprilla lending a £50,000 racehorse to a friend who got drunk and lost it.

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    Neil Warnock

    Now in charge of Middlesbrough in the Championship, we may never see Warnock do battle in the Premier League again.

    But the legendary manager earns a spot in our Hall of Fame with his post-match interviews and dugout antics often going down a storm.

    Then comes the changing room rants with footage of Warnock shouting at his players often going viral.

    Jay Jay Okocha

    So good they named him twice, the streets will never forget what Okocha brought to the Premier League.

    The Nigerian spent four years at Bolton before a year in the Championship with Hull, though he became a fan favourite at Wanderers.

    Though having been with Bolton as they were relegated, Okocha said: “We laid a good foundation at Bolton but, unfortunately, for the fans, they have to deal with Bolton being a struggling team again.”

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    Luis Suarez

    There are constant suggestions that Suarez could return to Liverpool with the Uruguayan fondly remembered at Anfield.

    Opposition don’t often think so kindly of the current Atletico Madrid star after he bit Chelsea ace Branislav Ivanovic and was issued an eight-match suspension for racially abusing Patrice Evra.

    He scored 31 goals in his final season at Anfield though was frequently labelled as a pest. It’s just what we want in our Hall of Fame.

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    Ian Holloway

    Another manager that is remembered for his interviews, former Blackpool boss Ian Holloway will go down in Premier League folklore.

    He actually only managed 46 games in the top flight, also guiding Crystal Palace to the Promised Land.

    Holloway is without a job having left Grimsby in December but he can console himself with a place in our Hall of Fame.

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    Nicklas Bendtner

    The final inductee is the former Arsenal maverick and much renowned ‘Lord Bendtner’.

    He only scored 24 Premier League goals during seven seasons with the Gunners, though is fondly remembered by neutrals for his antics.

    Away from Arsenal, Bendtner got a hefty fine for pulling down his shorts at Euro 2012 to reveal Paddy Power branding. What a character!

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