|FULL NAME||Thierry Daniel Henry|
|BORN||August 17, 1977|
|HEIGHT||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
Thierry Henry was born on August 17, 1977, in Les Ulis, and is often regarded as France’s greatest contribution to football.
The striker goes down as one of the most exciting players in Premier League history, scoring the most goals for both his nation and his English side Arsenal.
Henry was a joy to watch with his assortment of talents, a superb mixture of power and quickness.
The prodigy began his football career at the age of six, when he joined the youth team of local club Les Ulis. At the age of 14, he was chosen to train in one of France’s greatest universities, Clairefontaine, after playing for a fourth-tier side, Viry-Châtillon. There, he was noticed by Arsene Wenger, the manager of Monaco at the time.
In a 2-0 loss against Nice in 1994, Thierry Henry made his professional debut for Monaco at the age of 17. He swiftly advanced through the ranks and began starting games for the squad the following season.
Henry’s international career began when he was selected for the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship after a stellar season with Monaco. Henry made his senior squad debut four months after the Championship, in a 2-1 win against South Africa. Aime Jacquet, France’s head coach, was so impressed by his skills that he chose to select him in the team for the 2018 World Cup.
Rise to glory
Henry was named the French young footballer of the year in 1996, and during the 1996-97 season, he led his side to the Ligue 1 Championship. The next season, he scored seven goals to help his club reach the Champions League semi-finals.
Henry was relatively unknown prior to the 1998 FIFA World Cup, although he was instrumental in his country’s victory. He was named Chevalier de la Legion d’honneur, France’s highest honour, after scoring three goals as the best scorer in the country.
Following the World Cup, Henry departed Monaco in 1999 for 10.5 million pounds to join Juventus in Italy. Henry struggled in a position outside of his comfort zone, scoring only three goals in 16 games. As a result, he relocated to Arsenal to reconcile with former manager Wenger, who was now the club’s boss. Henry was developed 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. Arsenal finished second in his first two seasons, but success eventually arrived in the 2001-2002 season, when they finished first in the standings and 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 Premier League for the second time, but this time they went unbeaten, and Henry was named European Golden Boot winner. Despite the fact that Arsenal failed to defend their championship in the 2004-2005 season, Henry retained his status as Europe’s most feared striker by winning the Golden Boot for the second time. He is the first player in history to win the award twice.
Henry was the Gunners’ captain for the previous two seasons, but he was unable to lead his club to the Premier League championship. As a result, he moved to Barcelona for 24 million euros in 2007.
Henry was the club’s top scorer in the inaugural season, despite not being able to replicate his goal-scoring prowess with Arsenal. Barcelona won the triple the next season, winning La Liga, the Copa del Rey, and the Champions League.
Henry’s touch had faded by the 2010 season, and he was transferred to the MLS’s New York Red Bulls, where he finished his career four and a half years later.
Henry’s international clout was no less impressive. Henry led France to victories in the 2000 UEFA European Football Championship and the 2003 FIFA Federations Cup after winning the World Cup in 1998. Henry was a key figure in his country’s run to the 2006 World Cup final, although France was defeated on penalties by Italy. Henry finished his international career with a total of 51 goals, the most ever scored by a French player.
In the year 2014, Henry declared his retirement from professional football. He presently serves as the Belgium football team’s assistant manager.