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Thierry Daniel Henry (1977)

Thierry Daniel Henry (August 17, 1977) was, especially on the field, a graceful French giant. Played for not the least of clubs: Monaco, Juventus, Arsenal, FC Barcelona and New York Red Bulls.

The lightning-fast attacker is one of the best French footballers of all time. Henry was a graceful forward who always played with number 14 at his club and with number 12 for his country. The number 12 is a tribute to Marco van Basten who played with this number during the 1988 European Championship.

With France, Thierry became world champion in his own country in 1998 and two years later also won the European Championship in the Netherlands and Belgium with that team. In 2004 and 2005 he won the Golden Shoe as the top scorer in Europe while employed by Arsenal.

Henry broke through at AS Monaco in 1994. The lightning-fast attacker played more than a hundred matches on behalf of the club from the fashionable seaside resort. Henry took the national title with the French top club in the 1996/97 season. After 105 games and twenty goals, the time was ripe for a new challenge.

A few years after the league title, Thierry left for 'the Old Lady', Juventus. He was brought in with a lot of fanfare, but after sixteen games and three hits, he left through the back door. After a not very successful half season in Turin, he therefore settled at Arsenal.

Under trainer Arsène Wenger, the winger transformed into a striker and he became the top striker of the Premier League several times. For years Henry formed a successful dream couple at Arsenal with Dennis Bergkamp. At Highbury and later in the brand-new Emirates Stadium, the fast striker even achieved hero status.

Henry is named Arsenal's greatest player of all time by London fans. This will no doubt be related to his 228 goals in the service of 'The Gunners'. But in addition, his attractive football style was a reason to go to the stadium.

Henry had extended his record contract (90,000 euros per week) with Arsenal in 2005 until the summer of 2010. He said he would always be a 'Gunner' himself, until the end of his time. Yet he did not fulfill this promise: a dream transfer thwarted his promise. After the transfer, Henry did indicate that he would return to Arsenal after Barcelona.

In 2007 Henry signed with FC Barcelona. The transfer to FC Barcelona involved 24 million euros, but this amount could be increased by three million if Henry would be successful with FC Barcelona. With the Catalan superpower, he wins the Champions League, two national titles, the Copa del Rey and the World Cup for club teams. But Henry does not enjoy the same status as in London. Still, with 49 hits in 127 games, he can look back on an excellent contribution with satisfaction.

After three seasons with varying success in Catalonia, he left for the US. New York Red Bulls let him again for a short time to his old love Arsenal. This was in 2012. In four games Henry managed to score twice for the elated fans, but that was it.

Thierry Henry played in Major League Soccer for the New York Red Bulls for 4.5 years. he played 122 duels for the Red Bulls and he was good for 52 goals and 42 assists. Henry ended his career as a professional soccer player in 2014. New York made it to the playoffs in the MLS in all the years that Henry played there, but the team never reached the final to reach the championship.

The Frenchman made an impression during the 1998 World Cup in his own country. The tall attacker was mainly used as a substitute, but with three goals he is the most accurate Frenchman. He also took responsibility in the quarterfinals against Italy. Henry, twenty years old at the time, hit the mark in the penalty shootout and eventually became world champion with 'Les Bleus'.

During the European Championship 2000 in Belgium and the Netherlands, Thierry Henry took his second major prize with the national team of France. In De Kuip, Italy was defeated in the final. Henry is again of great value with three tournament goals.

France, with Henry on the reserve bench, dramatically finished fourth in the 2010 World Cup group stage and was thus eliminated. Henry comes to 123 international matches in which he hits 51 times. This makes him the all-time top scorer in his country.

The Frenchman did not embark on a new adventure after his departure from New York Red Bulls. This ended an impressive career of a ditto player. After his career on the field, the then 37-year-old Thierry Henri started working as an analyst off the field at the English Sky Sports.

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