20 years, 917 games and 411 goals later, Thierry Henry has taken the decision to retire immediately from the world of football. The 37 year-old’s career has seen him play for the likes of Monaco, Juventus, Arsenal, Barcelona and New York Red Bulls as well as representing his native France at international level.
Probably most known to English football fans following his eight year spell at Arsenal, it is without doubt that Henry took the Premier League by storm during his time in the English top tier. Even a staggering statistic of 228 goals in 377 games for Arsenal doesn’t do justice the impact that Henry had on the English league and the English game. A blend of pace and power, trickery, finesse, quick thinking and the ability to score goals made him one of the most feared strikers in English football.
It could even be argued that Henry is the best striker to have ever played in the Premier League. His 175 league goals places him in joint fourth alongside Frank Lampard in the list of all-time league scorers, just behind Wayne Rooney (179), Andy Cole (187) and Alan Shearer (260). For me he is definitely the best foreigner ever to have played in England but I do believe that Alan Shearer marginally pips him as the best striker the Premier League has seen. Yes Shearer played more games, but his total haul of 260 goals is 73 more than Andy Cole in second place and is a record that I cannot see being broken in a long time. I’d like to remind everyone that Shearer managed that total whilst playing mostly for Newcastle United, a mid-table team, not leading the line for Arsenal’s invincibles.
That being said, Thierry Henry will most definitely go down as a legend in both world and English Football. His career has been filled with trophies galore including a Ligue 1 title and the Trophée des Champions at Monaco, two Premier League titles and three FA cup’s at Arsenal, two La Liga championships, the Copa del Rey, the Spanish Supercopa, Champions League, Uefa Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup at Barcelona and also the World Cup in 1998, European Championship in 2000 and Confederations cup in 2003 for France. Not bad!
In a statement, Henry said: “After 20 years in the game I have decided to retire from professional football. It has been an incredible journey and I would like to thank all the fans, team mates and individuals involved with Monaco, Juventus, Arsenal, Barcelona, the New York Red Bulls and of course the French National team that have made my time in the game so special.
“I have had some amazing memories (mostly good!) and a wonderful experience. I hope you have enjoyed watching as much as I have enjoyed taking part. See you on the other side.”
Thankfully for us football fans this won’t be the last we see of Thierry Henry. He will now be joining the team at Sky Sports from the start of 2015 where he will providing his expert analysis on live international, European and domestic football.
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