Thierry Henry, one of the greatest players ever to grace the premiership has hung up his boots according to the Arsenal official website.
In a career spanning 20 years he has thrilled, exasperated, tormented and plain bamboozled opposition players and fans alike with breathtaking skill and talent, but now is embarking on a new phase in his life by joining Sky Sports as a pundit.
Thierry has already had an insight to the world of commentating, dissecting and analysing teams performance when he teamed up with Gary Neville and Jamie Redknapp last year, so will be wells set to contribute his vast experience in front of the camera in a different capacity.
For Arsenal he can boast the following:
- Record goalscorer by achieving 228 goals in 377 appearances
- Won Premier League twice (2001/2002 & 2003/2004)
- Won FA Cup three times
- Won Charity Shield twice
- Won Premier League Golden Boot four times
- A member of the “invincibles” Arsenal team that went unbeaten in the Premier League during the 2004/2004 season
In the Premier League alone he scored 175 goals in 258 games, and had 74 assists.
This equates to a win percentage of 61% which is astounding
In the Champions League he played in 112 games, scoring 50 goals and had 15 assists.
This equates to a win percentage of 48% which, again, is incredible considering he was playing against the top teams in Europe.
Of course his fitness was key in his career and is one of the lucky ones not to have encountered any serious injuries along his path.
Here is his domestic career profile as up to 10th November 2014:
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1One of Henry’s goals in Arsenal’s 7–1 win over Blackburn Rovers was given as an own goal to Scott Dann, which took his club figure down to 228 goals.
For France he is, and always will be, a fans favourite and scored 51 goals in 123 appearances, and of course won the World Cup in 1998 and the European Championship in 2000, joining a very small percentage of professionals who managed to hold both the World Cup and Euro trophies at the same time.
Here is his International career profile up to his International retirement on 23rd December 2011:
He was active not just on the football pitch but also in the bid to kick racism out of football, which has kick started more people campaigning to get this vile streak away from not only sport, but life as a whole.
His off field endorsements help Thierry become the eighth richest Premier League player with an estimated fortune of £21million, and quoted as the ninth most commercially viable footballer in the world.
His company endorsements included Renault, Nike, Reebok, Puma, Gillette and Pepsi and featured in highly glossy adverts with other world sporting stars such as David Beckham, Ronaldhino, Roger Federer and Tiger Woods.
Having such an illustrious career and the wealth that comes with it is fully deserved and it is only fitting that Thierry himself ends with a quote from today after announcing his retirement, and i’m sure we all with him the best in the future.
“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”