Thierry Henry retires from football



Arsenal Legend, Thierry Henry has announced
his retirement from football. He will return to
London to take a role in the media. Thierry
Henry who is 37 years old left the New York
Bulls at the start of last month. A move back to
Arsenal is mooted.
However, the former France international and
FIFA World Cup™-winner has instead called
time on a trophy-laden career which included
spells with Monaco, Juventus, Arsenal,
Barcelona and the Red Bulls.
In a statement released to Press Association
Sport, 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 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.
“It is now time for a different career path and I
am pleased to say that I will be returning to
London and joining Sky Sports. I will hopefully
share some of the insights, observations and
experiences I have learnt over the years with
you guys.
“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…”
Goal-laden career Henry will always be most
closely associated with Arsenal, where he is the
all-time goalscorer with 228 goals in 377 games
across two different spells. Arsene Wenger,
who had known him as a young player at
Monaco, signed him from Juventus for
£11million in 1999, and immediately shifted
him from the wing to a central striking
position.
His blend of pace and power made him one of
the most feared forwards in English football,
and Henry won the Premier League title twice
with the Gunners, as well as the FA Cup three
times. Henry left Arsenal in 2007 and joined
Barcelona, where he won the UEFA Champions
League in 2009. He also added two La Liga
titles, the Copa del Rey, Spanish Supercopa,
UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup to
his honours list in three seasons at the Nou
Camp.
His medal collection also includes a Ligue 1 title
and Trophee des Champions with Monaco, his
first professional club. He spent the final five
years of his playing career with the Red Bulls,
returning to Arsenal to make four appearances
on loan in early 2012. With France, Henry
scored 51 goals in 123 appearances – only
Lilian Thuram has more caps with Les Bleus. He
was a member of the 1998 World Cup winning
squad, while also being a runner up in 2006.
Henry was a European champion in 2000 and
was part of the team that won the FIFA
Confederations Cup in 2003.

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