|FULL NAME||Thierry Daniel Henry|
|BORN||August 17, 1977|
|HEIGHT||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
Many consider Thierry Henry to be France’s greatest gift to the world of football. He was born on August 17, 1977, in Les Ulis.
The striker was a record goal scorer for both his nation and English side Arsenal, and he was regarded as one of the most exciting players in Premier League history.
Henry was a pleasure to watch with his assortment of talents, a wonderful blend of power and speed.
The early days
Football began early for the prodigy, who joined the youth squad of local club Les Ulis at the age of six. At the age of 14, he was chosen to train in one of France’s top schools, Clairefontaine, after playing for a fourth-tier side, Viry-Châtillon. Arsene Wenger, the manager of Monaco at the time, noticed him there.
In 1994, Thierry Henry made his professional debut for Monaco at the age of 17 in a 2-0 loss against Nice. He swiftly ascended through the ranks and was starting games for the club the following season.
Henry’s international career began when he was selected for the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship as a result of his outstanding performance with Monaco. Henry made his senior squad debut four months after the Championship in a 2-1 win against South Africa. France’s head coach, Aime Jacquet, opted to put him in the 2018 World Cup team after being impressed by his prodigious skill.
Ascend to greatness
Henry was named the French young footballer of the year in 1996, and he led his club to the Ligue 1 victory in 1996-97. The next season, he scored seven goals to help his club reach the Champions League semi-finals.
Henry was little unknown prior to the 1998 FIFA World Cup, yet he played a vital part in his country’s World Cup victory. He was France’s leading scorer with three goals and was named Chevalier de la Legion d’honneur, France’s highest honour.
Following the World Cup, Henry departed Monaco for Italian club Juventus in 1999 for a fee of 10.5 million pounds. Henry struggled in a position uncommon for him, scoring only three goals in 16 appearances. As a result, he relocated once more to re-join old manager Wenger, who was now the Manager of Arsenal. Henry was shaped into a World Class player at Arsenal.
Thierry Henry joined Arsenal at the age of 22 and left eight years later as the club’s all-time leading scorer. His first two seasons saw Arsenal finish as runners-up, but success came in the 2001-2002 season, when Arsenal finished first in the standings and also won the FA Cup.
Henry was the League’s leading scorer, with 32 goals in all competitions. In the 2003-2004 season, the Gunners won the League again, but this time they went unbeaten, and Henry earned the European Golden Boot. Despite the fact that Arsenal was unable to retain its championship in the 2004-2005 season, Henry cemented his position as Europe’s most feared striker by winning the golden boot once more. He is the only player to have received the award two years in a row.
Henry was the Gunners’ captain for the previous two seasons, although he was unable to lead his side to the Premier League championship. This triggered his transfer to Barcelona for 24 million Euros in 2007.
Despite his inability to replicate his goal-scoring prowess with Arsenal, Henry was the club’s leading scorer in the first season. Barcelona won the triple the next season, winning La Liga, the Copa del Rey, and the Champions League.
However, by the 2010 season, Henry had lost his touch, which led to his transfer to the MLS team, New York Red Bulls, where he concluded his career four and a half years later.
Henry’s foreign participation was just as active. After winning the World Cup in 1998, Henry led France to victories in the UEFA European Football Championship in 2000 and the FIFA Federations Cup in 2003. Henry was a key figure in his country’s run to the 2006 World Cup final, which France lost on penalties to Italy. Henry finished his international career with 51 goals, the most ever for France.
In 2014, Henry declared his retirement from professional football. He is presently the Belgium football team’s assistant manager.