Vieira returned to the Premier League in January 2010 when he signed for Roberto Mancini’s side after five years in Italy.
The midfielder had previous enjoyed nine stellar seasons with Arsenal, in which he lifted the league title on three occasions before joining Juventus in 2005.
In his 18 months at the Club before moving into a coaching role, the World Cup winner’s experience was integral in helping City secure Champions League qualification and claim the FA Cup May 2011.
Vieira subsequently took up a position as lead coach of our Elite Development Squad where he made another impressive impact thanks to his coaching guidance, tactical know-how and vast experience.
Now manager of Crystal Palace, Vieira is the ninth inductee on the illustrious list, joining the likes of Thierry Henry, Alan Shearer, David Beckham, Dennis Bergkamp, Eric Cantona, Steven Gerrard, Roy Keane and fellow ex-City midfielder Frank Lampard.
Alongside ex-Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney, the former French international is the first player to be added to the list in 2022, with a further 25-man shortlist set to be revealed at 16:00 (UK) this afternoon.
The shortlist was compiled by the Premier League based on the career statistics of players who meet the Hall of Fame selection criteria.
To be eligible for the 2022 Premier League Hall of Fame, players must have been retired as of 1 January 2022.
Only a player’s Premier League career is considered in their candidacy, not their performances in other competitions during the Premier League era.
Congratulations to Patrick on his inclusion in the Premier League Hall of Fame!