Former Arsenal and France striker Thierry Henry announced his retirement from the game after a 20 year career filled with trophies, it is expected that Henry will take up a media role and will join sky Sports after he left the New York Red Bulls last month.
Speculation was rife with Henry moving to another club but the Frenchman chose to hang up his boots, he posted on his Facebook page.
“It has been an incredible journey”
The former Monaco, Juventus, Arsenal, Barcelona and New York Red Bulls striker thanked all the clubs and supporters he had the opportunity to play for.
“I would like to thank all the fans, team-mates and individuals involved with AS Monaco, Juventus, Arsenal FC, FC Barcelona, the New York Red Bulls and of course the French national team that have made my time in the game so special,” he said.
“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..”
Henry scored 175 goals for the Gunners where he enjoyed most of his success, he is 4th on the all-time Premier League goal scorer charts.
Henry’s career started with AS Monaco where he won the Ligue 1 in 1997, he moved to Juventus but that didn’t pan out as well, Arsene Wenger signed the Frenchman in 1999 where he flourished. Henry won 2 Premier League medals, 3 FA Cups and 2 Community Shields during his 8 year tenure, he moved to Barcelona in 2007 where he won 2 La Liga titles and a UEFA Champions league in 2009. At the end of the 2010 season he moved to the New York Red Bulls and spent 4 years playing for them which included a loan stint at Arsenal during the MLS off season.
He also won the 1998 World Cup and 2000 Euro Championship for France during their golden generation run in international football.
Henry was one of the best strikers in the world, he was calm during one on ones but was exceptionally gifted in dribbling and could score spectacular goals from almost anywhere near the box. He was also very adept at taking penalties and free kicks, from which he often scored.
He won the Premier League golden boot 4 times and the European golden boot twice in his career, here are some of the best goals that Henry has scored over the years.
Picture courtesy: The Guardian & Red Bull