Arsenal & Premier League legend Thierry Henry has retired from football.
Thierry Daniel Henry, the former French international, (France’s all-time leading goalscorer with 51 goals, Henry called time on his international career in 2010 after 123 appearances) who turned 37 last August, announced his decision to quit on Tuesday. He has spent the last four seasons playing for MLS side the New York Red Bulls.
After 20 years, over 300 goals and a host of major honors, Thierry Henry has hung his football boots, calling it quits from the world most watched sport. He rose to prominence at the 1998 World Cup, scoring three goals as France won the tournament in front of their home supporters. and Euro 2000 with his country. Now he has decided to hang up his boots to pursue a broadcasting career! Although he made his breakthrough with French team Monaco, playing in the principality between 1994 to 1999, he spent time with Juventus, Barcelona and latterly New York Red Bulls, Henry is best remembered for a glittering eight-year spell with Arsenal in the English Premier League.
Henry became Arsenal’s all-time leading goalscorer netting 175 times for the club and helped the Gunners win two league titles and the FA Cup on three occasions. “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,” he said on his official Facebook page.
“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 said.
Henry moved to Arsenal in 1999, after a troubled year in Turin with Juventus, He reunited with former Monaco coach Arsene Wenger.
The both of them led Arsenal through a golden era, including an unbeaten Premier League campaign during the 2003-04 season.
That team that won 26 and drew 12 of its 38 league matches during that campaign became known as the “Invincibles.”
Henry left Arsenal in 2007 and headed to Barcelona, where more titles lay in wait. During three seasons in Nou Camp, Henry won the Spanish championship on two occasions and helped the club lift the European Champions League in 2009. The 37-year-old brought the curtain down on his player career with a four-year stint in the “Big Apple,” helping New York Red Bulls win Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference in 2010 and 2013.
Although his immediate focus will be savantry work with British broadcaster Sky TV, Thierry Henry has not ruled out a coaching career.
“I don’t know if I can be a good coach or not, but the desire is there,” he told Sky.
We do wish the 37 year old a great one in his decision. Legendary.