We are looking at the 25 nominees who have been shortlisted for the Premier League Hall of Fame in 2022.
The six players with the most combined votes from the fans and a Premier League Awards panel will enter the Hall of Fame. Fans had their say by voting up until 21:00 BST on Sunday 3 April.
Cole came alive in the penalty area. Deadly with both feet and his head, his eye for goal helped Manchester United to five Premier League titles.
He was the first player to score five times in a Premier League match when he starred in a 9-0 victory over Ipswich Town in March 1995.
And his goal against Tottenham Hotspur on the final day of the 1998/99 season regained the title for the treble-winning side.
Prior to his spell at Old Trafford he won the Golden Boot with a tally of 34 goals for Newcastle United in 1993/94, a total yet to be beaten, although it came in a 42-match season.
He finished his top-flight career with a further 51 strikes across spells at Blackburn Rovers, Fulham, Manchester City, Portsmouth and Sunderland, taking him to a total of 187 goals that only two players have ever beaten.
“For the treble season alone, [Dwight] Yorke and Cole were the best [strike partnership I played with at Manchester United]. They were sensational, the way they played together. They lit up the whole league. They lit up Europe." - Gary Neville
"I've watched him any number of times and his all-round game is very good." - Alan Shearer
"[Cole] is somebody who still doesn’t get the credit, for me, when people talk about the top end of the Premier League." - Ian Wright
Cole's total of 187 goals in the Premier League has been surpassed only by Wayne Rooney (208) and Alan Shearer (260).
None of Cole’s 34 goals in 1993/94 were scored via the penalty spot, making it a record for non-penalty goals in a Premier League season.