Thierry is one of the most naturally gifted footballers of the last 20 years. There is very little that he has not achieved; he has been the FWA Footballer of the year three times, he has won the Premiership’s golden boot for Arsenal on a number of occasions, and has lifted the World Cup with France in 1998.
He was spotted by AS Monaco in 1990 and signed instantly, making his professional debut in 1994. Good form led to an international call-up in 1998, after which he signed for the Serie A defending champions Juventus.
It was at Arsenal that Henry made his name as a world-class footballer, he signed for the Gunners for £11 million in 1999. Under long-time mentor and coach Arsène Wenger, Henry became a prolific striker and Arsenal’s all-time leading scorer with 227 goals in all competitions.
Thierry won two league titles and three FA Cups with Arsenal; he was nominated for the FIFA World Player of the Year twice, was named the PFA Players’ Player of the Year twice, and the FWA Footballer of the Year three times.
In June 2007, after eight years with Arsenal, he transferred to Barcelona for a fee of €24 million. His first honours with the Catalan club came in 2009 when they won the La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League treble.
Henry enjoyed similar success with the French national team, having won the 1998 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2000 and 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup. In October 2007, he surpassed Michel Platini’s record to become France’s top goal-scorer of all time.
Henry has received many plaudits and awards in his football career. He was runner-up for the 2003 and 2004 FIFA World Player of the Year awards; in those two seasons, he also won back-to-back PFA Players’ Player of the Year titles. Henry is the only player ever to have won the FWA Footballer of the Year three times (2003, 2004, 2006),and the French Player of the Year on a record four occasions. He was also named by football legend Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers.
Thierry Henry’s goalscoring record is astonishing. He was the European Golden Boot winner in 2004 and 2005, and also the top goal-scorer in the Premier League for a record four seasons (2002, 2004, 2005, 2006). In 2006, he became the first player to score more than 20 goals in the league for five consecutive seasons (2002 to 2006). Henry is currently third in the list of all-time Premier League goal-scorers, behind Alan Shearer and Andy Cole.
In November 2007, he was ranked 33rd on the Association of Football Statisticians’ compendium for “Greatest Ever Footballers”.
On 10 December 2011, Arsenal unveiled a bronze statue of Henry at the Emirates Stadium as part of its 125th anniversary celebrations.
One of the most respected figures in football, Thierry Henry is in demand as an after dinner speaker for his football anecdotes and memories.