Football Great Thierry Henry Announces Retirement
Santino Honasan on Dec 17, 2014 03:05 AM
(Photo Courtesy of UEFA.com) Former Arsenal star striker and French National Team captain Thierry Henry calls it quits after an impressive two-decade career.
After an illustrious 20 year football career, French striker and former Arsenal great Thierry Henry announced his retirement last Tuesday.
Henry began his professional career in 1994, after being recruited by AS Monaco. Henry played five seasons for the Red and Whites and helped the squad to the Ligue 1 title in 1997, before making the jump to Juventus in early 1999.
Merely months later, Henry decided to transfer to Premier League powerhouse Arsenal. The jump marked the start of an eight year career with London-based team, proving to be the most successful stretch of Henry’s professional career. With The Gunners, Henry scored 228 goals in 376 appearances while leading the squad to multiple FA Cup titles and Premier League championships, as well as leading Arsenal to an historic unbeaten season in the 2003-2004 season.
Henry’s time with Arsenal also marked a number of individual milestones for the Frenchman, winning the European Golden boot in two consecutive years, (2004, 2005) as well as becoming the club’s all-time top scorer.
Following a year riddled with injuries, Henry was sent to Barcelona FC in 2007 and while made to adjust to a different style of play, the striker still managed to stand out. In 2009, Henry along with Lionel Messi helped Barca to win six titles in one season, including the UEFA Champions League title, the FIFA Club World Cup, and the UEFA Super Cup.
In 2010, Henry travelled to the United States and signed with Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls. Henry would play for almost five years with the Red Bulls, helping the club to a 2013 MLS Supporters’ Shield trophy.
Henry is also a veteran of international competition, donning the Blue from 1997 up to his final international appearance in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Known for his offensive prowess, Henry is has made a reputation as one of the game’s most prolific scorers, a title backed up by his 360 career goals and 51 international goals. In his career spanning two decades, Henry has been honored with numerous accolades including being a five time French Player of the Year, a consecutive European Golden Boot awardee, a five time member of the UEFA Team of the year, four time MLS All-Star, a member of the 2006 FIFA World Cup All-Star Team, and a member of the FIFA 100.
Arsenal fans, more than anyone, hold a special place in their heart for the French striker with many considering him as the best to ever put on a Gunners shirt. In 2011, the club honored their former star and all-time leading goal scorer with a bronze statue outside of the Emirates Stadium.
The 37-year old Henry isn't completely done with the game yet, however. He is expected to join the UK-based channel Sky Sports as an analyst and ambassador.