Thierry Henry became one of the best players of all time. The extraordinary career with Arsenal proves that Henry deserves to be called a Legend. He is a very deadly attacker. He is fast, agile, has a spectacular kick, and is one of the typical smart players.
Thierry Daniel Henry was born on August 17, 1977, in Les Ulis, a small city town on the outskirts of Paris. He was born to Antoine and Marylese Henry.
Henry lived in a place that can be specifically said as a place for minority residents. Although his family lived in a small apartment, his father always encouraged the little Henry to play football. Antoine often took Henry to local soccer matches so he could learn football and become a reliable player.
Henry then joined the Les Ulis and Palaiseau junior teams and at the age of 13, he had already played for the Under-15 Viry-Chatillon team
When his parents decided to split up for a reason, his mother took him to Orsay to join Alexander Fleming School, a place where Henry could focus on football. Then right at the age of 14, he was chosen to be able to join the Clairefontaine Academy, a football training center that spawned many world footballers from France.
During his stay at the Academy, Henry immediately attracted the interest of Monaco manager at that time, Arsene Wenger. Successfully amazed many people, he then began his first professional appearance in 1994.
In 1996, Henry became a young French player under Wenger’s supervision. He led the French team under the age of 18 in undergoing the European Championship and managed to score 7 goals in the competition.
Thanks to his brilliant performance, he managed to get a place in the French national team and successfully won the World Cup in 1998. This winning was an extraordinary moment for Henry since he could play with players like Patrick Vieira, Laurent Blanc, Marcel Desailly, to Zinedine Zidane.
In Monaco itself, Henry managed to score 20 goals in 105 matches before finally joining Juventus in 1999. At that time, the Old Lady dared to pay 10.5 million pounds to bring Henry to Italy.
However, Henry was unable to develop at Juventus. After only playing for one season, Henry was drawn by Arsenal at a price of 11 million pounds. In London, he again met with his first mentor, Arsene Wenger.
Although his original position was a winger, Arsene Wenger successfully turned Henry into a reliable attacker. Henry developed as a striker and transformed into one of Arsenal’s goal machine at that time.
In the 2001/2002 season, Thierry Henry managed to score 24 goals in the Premier League and managed to become the top scorer in the League. He also successfully led Arsenal in winning the Premier League and FA Cup award.
In the 2003/2004 season, Henry really developed with Arsenal. He scored 30 goals in the English Premier League and helped Arsenal to win the most historic title in English football. At that time, Arsenal became the champion of the Premier League without feeling a single defeat, which then made them got the nickname ‘The Invincibles’ which used to be achieved by Preston North in the 1888/1889 season, 115 years before Arsenal managed to repeat that history in the 2003/2004 season.
Thanks to that glorious career with Arsenal, Henry successfully won the best player title in 2004. A year after, he managed to bring Arsenal to win their 10th FA title.
In 2006, Henry made history again. He managed to break Ian Wright’s 185 goal record for Arsenal. In fact, until now he is still the record holder of the most goals creator for Arsenal with 228 goals.
With Arsenal, Henry managed to become a legend. He successfully won 3 titles of the Premier League’s best players. And without hesitation, Arsenal openly rewarded this Frenchman a statue. The statue is being shown outside the Emirates Stadium.
After succeeding with Arsenal, Henry continued his professional career at Barcelona. Together with La Blaugrana in 2009, Henry gave his contribution in 6 titles won by Barcelona in just a season. Under the coaching of Pep Guardiola, Barca won the Copa Del Rey, Spanish La Liga, Spanish Supercup, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Supercup, and FIFA Club World Cup.
Having enough career in Europe, Thierry Henry continued his adventure to Uncle Sam’s country. He joined the New York Red Bulls. Even so, Henry had once again joined Arsenal for two months during his contract season in 2011 to 2012. After returning to the New York Red Bulls, Henry decided to retire right on December 16, 2014.
That is the journey of Thierry Henry’s football career. He worked as a commentator on Sky Sport after stopping being a footballer and currently works as a coach.