Henry Calls Time On His Illustrious Football Career

Former Arsenal and France striker, Thierry Henry has announced his retirement from football after 20 years to take up media role with Sky Sports.

Henry, 37, who won the 1998 Fifa World Cup on home soil, left Major League Soccer (MLS) club New York Red Bulls earlier in the month, revealing he will “take the next few weeks to reflect” before deciding on his next career move.

The striker, who also played for Juventus, Barcelona and Monaco, scored 175 Premier League goals- joint fourth on the list of all-time scorers with New York City FC’s loanee Frank Lampard.

Thierry Henry Won the 1998 World Cup With France. Image: Getty.
Thierry Henry Won the 1998 World Cup With France. Image: Getty.

He said: It has been an incredible journey. 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.

“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 helped Monaco win the French Ligue 1 title in 1997 following his first-team debut with the then-Arsene Wenger side in 1994.

His only Uefa Champions League winner’s medal came in Barcelona’s victory over Manchester United in the 2009 Rome final.

He won two Premier League titles and three FA Cups with the Gunners during his spell in north London, spanning between 1999 and 2007. He returned to Arsenal on loan in 2012 and featured in four matches, including a substitute appearance in an FA Cup third round win over Leeds, where he scored the match-winning goal.

Asked if he had considered another stint at the Emirates Stadium, he told Sky Sports: “You kind of never leave Arsenal. How many comebacks do you make? At one point it will turn out to be a bad move. We all love the first Rocky but I’m not too sure about the last one.”