26 Amazing Facts About Thierry Henry

1. Thierry Daniel Henry (French pronunciation: ; born 17 August 1977) is a retired French professional footballer who played as a forward.

2. He played for Monaco, Juventus, Barcelona, New York Red Bulls and spent eight years at Arsenal where he is the club’s all-time record goalscorer.

3. Henry was born in Les Ulis, Essonne (a suburb of Paris), where he played for an array of local sides as a youngster and showed great promise as a goalscorer.

4. He was spotted by Monaco in 1990 and signed instantly, making his professional debut in 1994.

5. Good form led to an international call-up in 1998, after which he signed for the Serie A defending champions Juventus.

6. He had a disappointing season playing on the wing, before joining Arsenal for 11million in 1999.

7. It was at Arsenal that Henry made his name as a world-class player.

8. Despite initially struggling in the Premier League, he emerged as Arsenal’s top goalscorer for almost every season of his tenure there.

9. Under long-time mentor and coach Arsne Wenger, Henry became a prolific striker and Arsenal’s all-time leading scorer with 228 goals in all competitions.

10. He won two league titles and three FA Cups with the Gunners.

11. In 2003 and 2004 Henry was runner-up for the FIFA World Player of the Year.

12. He was also named the PFA Players’ Player of the Year twice, and the FWA Footballer of the Year three times.

13. Henry spent his final two seasons with Arsenal as club captain, leading them to the 2006 UEFA Champions League Final.

14. In June 2007, after eight years with Arsenal, he transferred to Barcelona for a fee of 24million.

15. In 2009, he was an integral part of the club’s historic treble when they won La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the UEFA Champions League.

16. He went on to achieve an unprecedented sextuple by also winning the Supercopa de Espa?a, the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup.

17. In total, Henry has been named in the UEFA Team of the Year five times.

18. In 2010, he joined the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer, winning the Eastern Conference title with the team in 2010.

19. In 2013, Henry with the New York Red Bulls won the MLS Supporters’ Shield.

20. Henry enjoyed success with the French national team, winning the 1998 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2000 and 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup.

21. In October 2007, he surpassed Michel Platini’s record to become France’s top goalscorer of all time.

22. Off the pitch, Henry is an active spokesperson against racism in football, partially due to his own experiences.

23. He married English model Nicole Merry in 2003 and had a daughter with her, but they divorced in 2007.

24. Henry was also one of the top commercially marketed footballers; he was ranked ninth in the world in 2006.

25. Henry is of Antillean heritage: his father, Antoine, is from Guadeloupe (La Dsirade island), and his mother, Maryse, is from Martinique.

26. He was born and raised in Les Ulis suburb of Paris which, despite sometimes being seen as a tough neighbourhood, provided good footballing facilities. As a seven-year-old, Henry showed great potential, prompting Claude Chezelle to recruit him to the local club CO Les Ulis.

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