UEFA Football Championship Team of the Tournament: 2000
Confederations Cup top goalscorer: 2003
Confederations Cup Golden Ball: 2003
FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 2006
Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year: 1996–97
PFA Players’ Player of the Year: 2002–03, 2003–04
European Golden Boot: 2004, 2005
Premier League top scorer: 2001–02, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06.
Onze d’Or: 2003, 2006
PFA Team of the Year: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
FWA Footballer Of The Year: 2002–03, 2003–04, 2005–06
World XI Striker: 2006
UEFA Team of the Year: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006
French Player of the Year: 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
English Football Hall of Fame: 2008
Goal of the Season (UK): 2003
Barclays Player of the Month: April 2000, September 2002, January 2004, April 2004
Time 100: 2007
Overseas Team of the Decade: Premier League 10 Seasons Awards (1992–93 to 2001–02)
Despite moving on from Arsenal, Henry continued to make his mark on football at Barcelona and the New York Red Bulls. In the 2009-09 season, Henry, Lionel Messi, and Samuel Eto’o combined to score more than 100 goals. They also scored 72 goals in the Spanish league, surpassing the previous record of 66. Henry became France’s top scorer of all time on October 17, 2007, netting a double against Lithuania to take him to 43 goals. Henry became the 6th French player to reach 100 international caps on June 3, 2008, taking the field against Columbia. He was voted Arsenal’s greatest player of all time, an incredible honour considering the storied history of Arsenal football club.
The day Thierry Henry retires from football will be the day football loses one of its greatest characters. He will leave behind a legacy of being one of the most lethal goal scorers of all time. He will leave memories of defenses ripped to shreds by his pace, or his supernatural ability at one-on-one situations. He will be remembered as a man who won the World Cup, and as a man who lost his way on the road to the World Cup. Now more than ever it is important for Henry to continue to play at a high level to ensure that his most lasting memories are not of his mistakes, but rather of his numerous successes.
Nothing sums up Henry’s contribution to football more than his goals. The video below has 37 out of his 226 scored for Arsenal. It is a collection of strikes that will mesmerize any sports fan.
Here are a few more videos and pictures that capture the brilliance and inspiration that is Thierry Henry
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