Former Arsenal and Barcelona striker Thierry Henry has decided to retire from Professional football after a hugely successful career spanning close to 20 years.

There was some speculation as to where Henry would play after revealing that he would leave New York Red Bulls in November, but has decided to stop playing. The 37-year old’s next journey will be as a pundit as he’ll feature alongsideAi??Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher, Jamie Redknapp and Graeme Souness for Sky Sports football

Henry stated,Ai??”It has been an incredible journey.

“I would like to thank all the fans, team-mates and individuals involved with AS Monaco, Juventus, Arsenal FC, FC Barcelona, the New York Red Bulls and of course the French national team that have made my time in the game so special.

“I have had some amazing memories (mostly good!) and a wonderful experience.Ai??I hope you have enjoyed watching as much as I have enjoyed taking part.

ai???Iai??i??ve been fortunate enough to have had an amazing playing career with many incredible memories and now I canai??i??t wait for the next chapter to begin with Sky Sports.

“I played for some of the best teams in football and now Iai??i??m joining what I think is the best team in television. Iai??i??m looking forward to joining the guys and helping to provide Sky Sports viewers with the best possible analysis. I canai??i??t wait,ai??? he added.

A Career to remember

In his prime, it’s hard to argue that Henry wasn’t the best striker on the world. Henry’s true potential was realized at Arsenal where he scored a total of 226 goals in 368 games with 175 of them coming in the Premier League; the highest in Arsenal’s history and the fourth highest in the Premier League. It was slightly baffling when he was signed for a fee ofAi??Ai??ai??i??16.1m from Juventus in 1999 considering he had made only 16 appearances and scored thrice for the Old Lady, but it turned out be Arsenal’s best piece of business in the last two decades or so.

Henry’s 30 goals in the 2004 season was key in side’s ‘invincible’ season and he’ll surly go down as one of the Premier League greats. The Frenchman was probably the best player never to have won the esteemed Ballon d’Or award for individual performance.

TEAM

APPEARANCES

GOALS

Monaco

63

14

Juventus

16

3

Arsenal

368

226

FC Barcelona

127

49

NY Red Bulls

135

52

France

124

51

Thierry Henry’s goal scoring stats

Neville, Carragher and Redknamp looking forward to working with Henry

Both Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville faced Thierry Henry in the Premier League and in truth, he often got the better of them! The duo who have been at Sky revealed how good a player he was and that they will enjoy working with him.

Carragher, who played against Henry with Liverpool said,Ai??ai???Defenders everywhere will be breathing a sigh of relief that he has hung his boots up, he was certainly the toughest opponent I ever faced and possibly the best player the Premier League has seen. I would have loved him to be on the same team as me during my playing career, Iai??i??m delighted weai??i??re finally on the same side.ai???

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville revealed,Ai??Ai??ai???We were blessed in this country to see Thierry playing at his peak, potentially one of the greatest players in the world and even if you supported another team you couldnai??i??t help but enjoy watching him play. Itai??i??s always a shame when such a career comes to an end, but itai??i??s very much Sky Sportsai??i?? gain and I look forward to working with him.ai???

Jamie Redknamp, who did play against Henry in the twilight of his career said, ai???I know from playing against Thierry how good a player he was and Sky Sports viewers are in for a treat. His game was built around incredible pace, power and finishing, not to mention the ability to read the game better than most. His views will be fascinating and I canai??i??t wait to work alongside him.ai???

 

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