Thierry Daniel Henry (French pronunciation: [tjɛʁi
ɑ̃ʁi]; born 17 August 1977) is a French professional
footballer who plays for the New York Red Bulls in Major League
Henry was born in Les Ulis, Essonne (a suburb of Paris) where
he played for an array of local sides as a youngster and showed
great promise as a goal-scorer. 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. He
had a disappointing season playing on the wing, before joining
Arsenal for £10.5 million in 1999.
It was at Arsenal that Henry made his name as a world-class
footballer. Despite initially struggling in the Premier League,
he emerged as Arsenal's top goal-scorer for almost every season
of his tenure there. Under long-time mentor and coach Arsène
Wenger, Henry became a prolific striker and Arsenal's all-time
leading scorer with 226 goals in all competitions.
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The Frenchman won two league titles and three FA Cups with
the Gunners; he was nominated for the FIFA World Player of the
Year twice, was named the PFA Players' Player of the Year twice,
and the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year
three times. Henry spent his final two seasons with Arsenal as
club captain, leading them to the UEFA Champions League final in
2006. 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
league, cup and Champions League treble. He went on to achieve
an unprecedented sextuple by also winning the Spanish Supercup,
the UEFA Supercup and the Club World Cup. In total, Henry has
been named in the UEFA Team of the Year five times. In 2010, he
joined New York Red Bulls.
Henry enjoyed similar success with the French national team,
having won the 1998 World Cup, 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 retired from international football after the 2010 World
Cup. Off the pitch, Henry is an active spokesperson against
racism in football, partially due to his own experiences. He
married English model Nicole Merry in 2003 and had a daughter
with her, but they divorced in 2007. Henry was also one of the
top commercially marketed footballers; he was ranked ninth in
the world in 2006.
Henry is of Antillean heritage:
his father, Antoine, is from Guadeloupe (La Désirade island),
and his mother, Maryse, is from Martinique. He was born and
raised in Les Ulis suburb of Paris which, despite sometimes
being seen as a tough neighbourhood, provided good footballing
As a seven-year-old, Henry showed great potential, prompting
Claude Chezelle to recruit him to the local club CO Les Ulis.
His father pressured him to attend training, although the
youngster was not particularly drawn to football.
He joined US Palaiseau in 1989, but after a year his father fell
out with the club, so Henry moved to ES Viry-Châtillon and
played there for two years.
US Palaiseau coach Jean-Marie Panza, Henry's future mentor,
followed him there.
Monaco (1992–1999) and Juventus (1999)
In 1990, Monaco sent scout Arnold Catalano to watch Henry in
a match. Henry scored all six goals as his side won 6–0.
Catalano asked him to join Monaco without even attending a trial
first. Catalano requested that Henry complete a course at the
elite Clairefontaine academy, and despite the director's
reluctance to admit Henry due to his poor school results, he was
allowed to complete the course and joined Arsène Wenger's Monaco
as a youth player.
Subsequently, Henry signed professional forms with Monaco and
made his professional debut in 1994. Wenger put Henry on the
left wing because he believed that his pace, natural ball
control and skill would be more effective against full-backs
than centre-backs. In his first season with Monaco, Henry scored
three goals in 18 appearances.
Thierry Henry, playing for Arsenal against Everton at the Emirates Stadium.
Wenger continued to search for the perfect playing position
for Henry, and suspected that he should be deployed as a striker
instead, but he was unsure.
Under the tutelage of his manager, Henry was named the French
Young Footballer of the Year in 1996, and in the 1996–97 season,
his solid performances helped the club win the Ligue 1 title.
During the 1997–98 season, he was instrumental in leading his
club to the UEFA Champions League semi-final, setting a French
record by scoring seven goals in the competition.
By his third season, he had received his first cap for the
national team, and was part of the winning team in the 1998
He continued to impress at his tenure with Monaco, and in his
five seasons with the French club, the young winger scored 20
league goals in 105 appearances.
Henry left Monaco in January 1999, one year before his friend
and teammate David Trézéguet, and moved to Italian Serie A club
Juventus for £10.5 million.
He played on the wing,
but he was ineffective against the Serie A defensive discipline
in a position uncharacteristic for him, and scored just three
goals in 16 appearances.
Unsettled in Italy, Henry transferred from Juventus in August
1999 to Arsenal for £10 million, reuniting with his former
manager Arsène Wenger.
It was at Arsenal that Henry made his name as a world-class
and although his transfer was not without controversy, Wenger
was convinced he was worth the transfer fee.
Brought in as a replacement for fellow French forward Nicolas
Anelka, Henry was immediately moulded into a striker by Wenger,
a move that would pay rich dividends in years to come.
However, doubts were raised about his ability to adapt to the
quick and physical English game when he failed to score in his
first eight games.
After several difficult months in England, Henry even conceded
that he had to "be re-taught everything about the art of
These doubts were dispelled when he ended his first season at
Arsenal with an impressive goal tally of 26.
Arsenal finished second in the league behind Manchester United,
and lost in the UEFA Cup final against Turkish side Galatasaray.
Coming off the back of a victorious Euro 2000 campaign with
the national team, Henry was ready to make an impact in the
2000–01 season. Despite recording fewer goals and assists than
his first season, Henry's second season with Arsenal proved to
be a breakthrough, as he became the club's top goal-scorer.
Armed with one of the league's best attacks, Arsenal closed in
quickly on perennial rivals Manchester United for the league
title. Henry remained frustrated however by the fact that he had
yet to help the club win honours, and frequently expressed his
desire to establish Arsenal as a powerhouse.
Success finally arrived during the 2001–02 season. Arsenal
finished seven points above Liverpool to win the league title,
and defeated Chelsea 2–0 in the FA Cup Final.
Henry became the league's top goal-scorer and netted 42 goals in
all competitions as he led Arsenal to a double and his first
silverware with the club.
There was much expectation that Henry would replicate his club
form for France during the 2002 World Cup, but the defending
champions suffered a shock exit at the group stage.
2002–03 proved to be another productive season for Henry, as
he scored 32 goals in all competitions while contributing 23
assists—remarkable returns for a striker.
In doing so, he led Arsenal to another FA Cup triumph, although
Arsenal failed to retain their Premier League crown.
Throughout the season, he competed with Manchester United's
Ruud van Nistelrooy for the league scoring title, but the latter
edged Henry to the title by a goal.
Nonetheless, Henry was named both the PFA Players' Player of the
Year and Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year.
His rising status as one of the world's best footballers was
affirmed when he emerged runner-up for the 2003 FIFA World
Player of the Year award.
Entering the 2003–04 season, Arsenal were determined to
reclaim the Premier League crown. Henry was again instrumental
in Arsenal's exceptionally successful campaign; together with
the likes of Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Vieira and Robert Pirès,
Henry ensured that the Gunners became the first team in
more than a century to go through the entire domestic league
season unbeaten, claiming the league title in the process.
Apart from being named for the second year running as the PFA
Players' Player of the Year and Football Writers' Association
Footballer of the Year,
Henry emerged once again as the runner-up for 2004 FIFA World
Player of the Year award.
With 39 goals scored in all competitions, the Frenchman led the
league in goals scored and won the European Golden Boot.
However, as was the case in 2002, Henry was unable to lead the
national side to honours during Euro 2004.
This dip in success was compounded when Arsenal failed again
to secure back-to-back league titles when they lost out to
Chelsea in the 2004–05 season, although Arsenal did win the FA
Cup (the final of which Henry missed through injury).
Henry maintained his reputation as one of Europe's most feared
strikers as he led the league in scoring,
and with 31 goals in all competitions,
he was the co-recipient (with Diego Forlán) of the European
Golden Boot, and is currently the only player to have officially
won the award twice in a row (Ally McCoist also had two Golden
Boots in a row, but both were deemed unofficial).
The unexpected departure of compatriot Vieira in mid-2005 led
to Henry being awarded club captaincy, a role which many felt
was not naturally suited for him; the captaincy is more commonly
given to defenders or midfielders, who are better-placed on the
pitch to read the game.
Along with being chief goal-scorer, he was responsible for
leading a very young team which had yet to jell fully.
The 2005–06 season proved to be one of remarkable personal
achievements for Henry. On 17 October 2005, Henry became the
club's top goal-scorer of all time;
two goals against Sparta Prague in the Champions League meant he
broke Ian Wright's record of 185 goals.
On 1 February 2006, he scored a goal against West Ham,
bringing his league goal tally up to 151, breaking Arsenal
legend Cliff Bastin's league goals record.
Henry scored his 100th league goal at Highbury, a feat
unparalleled in the history of the club, and a unique
achievement in the Premier League.
He completed the season as the league's top goal-scorer,
and for the third time in his career, he was voted the Football
Writers' Association Footballer of the Year.
Nevertheless, Arsenal failed to win the league title again,
but hopes of a trophy were revived when Arsenal reached the 2006
UEFA Champions League Final. The Gunners eventually lost 2–1 to
Barcelona, and Arsenal's inability to win the Premier League for
two consecutive seasons combined with the relative inexperience
of the Arsenal squad caused much speculation that Henry would
leave for another club.
However, he declared his love for the club and accepted a
and said he would stay at Arsenal for life.
Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein later claimed the club had
turned down two bids of £50 million from Spanish clubs for Henry
before the signing of the new contract.
Had the transfer materialized, it would have surpassed the then
world record £47 million paid for Zinédine Zidane.
Henry's 2006–07 season was marred by injuries.
Although he scored 10 goals in 17 domestic appearances for
Arsenal, Henry's season was cut short in February. Having missed
games due to hamstring, foot, and back problems, he was deemed
fit enough to come on as a late substitute against PSV in a
Champions League match,
but began limping shortly after coming on. Scans the next day
revealed that he would need at least three months to heal from
new groin and stomach injuries, missing the rest of the 2006–07
Wenger attributed Henry's injuries to a protracted 2005–06
campaign, and reiterated that Henry was keen on staying with the
Gunners to rebuild for the 2007–08 season.
On 25 June 2007, in an unexpected turn of events, Henry was
transferred to Barcelona for €24 million. He signed a four-year
deal for a reported €6.8 (£4.6) million per season.
It was revealed that the contract included a release clause of
€125 (£84.9) million.
Henry cited the departure of Dein and continued uncertainty over
Wenger's future as reasons for leaving,
and maintained that "I always said that if I ever left Arsenal
it would be to play for Barcelona."
Despite their captain's departure, Arsenal got off to an
impressive start for the 2007–08 campaign, and Henry admitted
that his presence in the team might have been more of a
hindrance than a help.
He stated: "Because of my seniority, the fact that I was
captain and my habit of screaming for the ball, they would
sometimes give it to me even when I was not in the best
position. So in that sense it was good for the team that I moved
Henry left Arsenal as the club's leading all-time league
goal-scorer with 174 goals and leading all-time goal-scorer in
Europe with 42 goals;
in July 2008, Arsenal fans voted him as Arsenal's greatest
player ever in Arsenal.com's Gunners' Greatest 50 Players poll.
At Barcelona, Henry was given the number 14 jersey, the same
as he had worn at Arsenal. He scored his first goal for his new
club on 19 September 2007 in a 3–0 Champions League group stage
win over Lyon,
and he recorded his first hat-trick for Barça in a league match
against Levante ten days later.
But with Henry mostly deployed on the wing throughout the
season, he was unable to reproduce the goal-scoring form he
achieved with Arsenal.
He expressed dissatisfaction with the move to Barcelona in
the initial year, amidst widespread speculation of a return to
the Premier League. In an interview with Garth Crooks on BBC
Football Focus, Henry described missing life "back home" and
even "the English press".
However, Henry concluded his debut season as the club's top
scorer with 19 goals in addition to nine league assists, second
behind Lionel Messi's ten.
Henry went on to surpass this tally in a more integrated
2008–09 campaign, winning the first trophy of his Barcelona
career on 13 May 2009 when Barcelona defeated Athletic Bilbao in
the Copa del Rey final. Barcelona won the league and Champions
League soon after, completing a treble for the Frenchman, who
had combined with Lionel Messi and Samuel Eto'o to score 100
goals between them that season.
The trio was also the most prolific trio in Spanish league
history, scoring 72 goals and surpassing the 66 goals of Real
Madrid's Ferenc Puskas, Alfredo Di Stefano and Luis del Sol of
the 1960–61 season. Later in 2009, Henry helped Barcelona win an
unprecedented sextuple, consisting of the aforementioned treble,
the Spanish Supercup, the UEFA Supercup and the FIFA Club World
The following season, the emergence of Pedro Rodríguez meant
that Henry only started 15 league games.
Before the La Liga season ended, and with a year still left on
his contract, club president Joan Laporta stated on 5 May 2010
that Henry "may go away in the summer transfer window if that's
what he wants".
After Henry returned from the World Cup, Barcelona confirmed
that they had agreed to the sale of Henry to an unnamed club,
with the player still to agree terms with the new club.
New York Red Bulls (2010–present)
In July 2010, Henry signed a multi-year contract with Major
League Soccer (MLS) club New York Red Bulls, as its second
He made his full MLS debut on 31 July in a 2–2 draw against
Houston, assisting both goals to Juan Pablo Angel. His first MLS
goal came on 28 August in a 2–0 victory against San Jose. Henry
was fined $2,000 by MLS after being found guilty of reckless
play after injuring Kevin Hartman while celebrating a goal
during a game against FC Dallas on 16 September 2010.
Henry has had a successful career with the France national
team. His international career began in June 1997, when his good
form for Monaco was rewarded with a call-up to the Under-20
French national team, where he played in the 1997 FIFA World
Youth Championship alongside future teammates William Gallas and
Within four months, France head coach Aimé Jacquet called Henry
up to the senior team. The 20-year-old made his senior
international debut on 11 October 1997 in a 2–1 win against
Jacquet was so impressed with Henry that he took him to the
1998 World Cup. Although Henry was a largely unknown quantity at
international level, he ended the tournament as France's top
scorer with three goals.
He was scheduled to appear as a substitute in the final, where
France beat Brazil 3–0, but Marcel Desailly's sending off forced
a defensive change instead. In 1998, he was made Chevalier
(Knight) of the Légion d'honneur, France's highest decoration.
Henry was a member of France's Euro 2000 championship squad,
again scoring three goals in the tournament, including the
equalizer against Portugal in the semi-final, and finishing as
the country's top scorer.
France later won the game in extra time following a converted
penalty kick by Zinédine Zidane. France went on to defeat Italy
in extra time in the final, earning Henry his second major
During the tournament, Henry was voted man-of-the-match in three
games, including the final against Italy.
The 2002 FIFA World Cup featured a stunning early exit for
both Henry and France as the defending champions were eliminated
in the group stage after failing to score a goal in all three
France lost their first match in group play and Henry was red
carded for a dangerous sliding challenge in their next match
In that game, France played to a 0–0 draw, but Henry was forced
to miss the final match due to suspension; France lost 2–0 to
Henry returned to form for his country at the 2003
Confederations Cup. Despite playing without team stalwarts
Zidane and Patrick Vieira, France won, in large part owing to
Henry's outstanding play, for which he was named Man of the
Match by FIFA's Technical Study Group in three of France's five
In the final, he scored the golden goal in extra time to lift
the title for the host country after a 1–0 victory over
Henry was awarded both the adidas Golden Ball as the outstanding
player of the competition and the adidas Golden Shoe as the
tournament's top goal-scorer with four goals.
In Euro 2004, Henry played in all of France's matches and
scored two goals.
France beat England in the group stages but lost to the eventual
winners Greece 1–0 in the quarter-finals.
During the 2006 FIFA World Cup Henry remained as one of the
automatic starters in the squad. He played as a lone striker,
but despite an indifferent start to the tournament, became one
of the top players of the World Cup.
He scored three goals, including the winning goal from
Zidane's free kick against defending champions Brazil.
However, France subsequently lost to Italy on penalties (5–3) in
the final. Henry did not take part in the penalty shootout,
having been substituted in extra time after his legs had
was one of 10 nominees for the Golden Ball award for Player of
the Tournament, an award which was ultimately presented to his
and was named a starting striker on the 2006 FIFPro World XI
On 13 October 2007, Henry scored his 41st goal against the
Faroe Islands, joining Michel Platini as the country's top
goal-scorer of all time.
Four days later at the Stade de la Beaujoire, he scored a late
double against Lithuania, thereby setting a new record as
France's top goal-scorer.
On 3 June 2008, Henry made his 100th appearance for national
team in match against Colombia, becoming the sixth French player
ever to reach that milestone.
Henry missed the opening game of France's short-lived Euro
2008 campaign, where they were eliminated in the group stages
after being grouped together with Italy, the Netherlands and
scored France's only goal in the competition in a 4–1 loss to
The French team struggled during the 2010 World Cup
qualifiers and finished second in their group behind Serbia.
During the playoffs against Ireland, Henry was involved in a
controversy in the second leg of the game at the Stade de France
on 18 November 2009. With the aggregate score tied at 1–1 and
the game in extra time, he used his hand twice to control the
ball before delivering a cross to William Gallas who scored the
sparked a barrage of criticism against the Frenchman, while
national team coach Raymond Domenech and Arsenal manager Arsène
Wenger defended him.
The Football Association of Ireland lodged a formal complaint
with FIFA, seeking a replay of the game, which FIFA declined.
Henry said that he contemplated retiring from international
football after the reactions to the incident,
but maintained that he was not a "cheat"; hours after FIFA had
ruled out a replay, he stated that "the fairest solution would
be to replay the game".
FIFA President Sepp Blatter described the incident as "blatant
unfair play" and announced an inquiry into how such incidents
could be avoided in future, and added that the incident would be
investigated by the Disciplinary Committee.
Blatter also said Henry told him that his family had been
threatened in the aftermath of the incident.
In January 2010, FIFA announced that there was no legal basis to
Henry did not feature in the starting line-up for France at
the 2010 World Cup. France drew in their first game against
Uruguay, and lost 2–0 in their second against Mexico. The team
was thrown into disarray when Nicolas Anelka was expelled from
the team, and captain Patrice Evra led a team protest by
refusing to train.
In the final group game against host-nation South Africa in
which Henry came on as a second-half substitute, France lost 2–1
and were eliminated from the tournament. He then announced his
retirement from international football, having won 123 caps and
scored 51 goals for Les Bleus.
Style of play
Although Henry played up front as a striker during his youth,
he spent his time at Monaco and Juventus playing on the wing.
When Henry joined Arsenal in 1999, Wenger immediately changed
this, switching Henry to his childhood position, often pairing
him with Dutch veteran Dennis Bergkamp.
During the 2004–05 season, Wenger switched Arsenal's formation
This change forced Henry to adapt again to fit into the Arsenal
team, and he played many games as a lone striker.
Still, Henry remained Arsenal's main offensive threat, on many
occasions conjuring spectacular goals. Wenger once said of his
fellow Frenchman: "Thierry Henry could take ball in the middle
of park and score a goal that no one else in the world could
One of the reasons cited for Henry's impressive play up front
is his ability to calmly score from one-on-ones.
This, combined with his exceptional pace, means that he can get
in behind defenders regularly enough to score.
When up front, Henry is occasionally known to move out wide to
the left wing position,
something which enables him to contribute heavily in assists:
between 2002–03 and 2004–05, the striker managed almost 50
assists in total and this was attributed to his unselfish play
Henry would also drift offside to fool the defence then run back
onside before the ball is played and beat the offside trap,
although he never provided Arsenal a distinct aerial threat.
Given his versatility in being able to operate as both a winger
and a striker, the Frenchman is not a prototypical "out-and-out
striker", but he has emerged consistently as one of Europe's
most prolific strikers.
In set pieces, Henry was the first-choice penalty and free kick
taker for Arsenal, having scored regularly from those positions.
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 award;
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 Football Writers'
Association Footballer of the Year three times (2003, 2004,
and the French Player of the Year on a record four occasions.
Henry was voted into the Premier League Overseas Team of the
Decade in the 10 Seasons Awards poll in 2003,
and in 2004 he was named by football legend Pelé as one of the
top 125 greatest living footballers.
In terms of goal-scoring awards, Henry was the European
Golden Boot winner in 2004 and 2005 (sharing it with
Villarreal's Diego Forlán in 2005) and is the first ever player
to retain the award.
Henry was 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. Given his
accomplishments, France's all-time goal-scorer was in his prime
regarded by many coaches, footballers and pundits as one of the
best footballers in the world.
In November 2007, he was ranked 33rd on the Association of
Football Statisticians' compendium for "Greatest Ever
Arsenal fans honoured their former player in 2008, declaring
Henry the greatest Arsenal player.
In another 2008 survey, Henry emerged as the favourite Premier
League player of all time among 32,000 people surveyed in the
Barclays 2008 Global Fan Report.
- Ligue 1: 1996–97
- French Super Cup: 1997
- FA Premier League: 2001–02, 2003–04
- FA Cup: 2002, 2003, 2005
- FA Community Shield: 2002, 2004
- La Liga: 2008–09, 2009–10
- Copa del Rey: 2008–09
- Supercopa de España: 2009
- UEFA Champions League: 2008–09
- UEFA Super Cup: 2009
- FIFA Club World Cup: 2009
- FIFA World Cup: 1998
- UEFA European Football Championship: 2000
- FIFA Confederations Cup: 2003
- 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 Golden Boot: 2001–02, 2003–04, 2004–05,
- 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
- FIFA 100
- Time 100: 2007
- Overseas Team of the Decade: Premier League 10 Seasons
Awards (1992–93 to 2001–02)
Personal and family life
Henry married English model Nicole Merry, real name Claire,
on 5 July 2003.
The ceremony was held at Highclere Castle, and on 27 May 2005
the couple celebrated the birth of their first child, Téa.
Henry dedicated his first goal since Téa's birth to her by
holding his fingers in a "T" shape and kissing them after
scoring in a match against Newcastle United.
When Henry was still at Arsenal, he also purchased a home in
Hampstead, North London.
However, shortly after his transfer to Barcelona, it was
announced that Henry and his wife would divorce; the decree nisi
was granted in September 2007.
Their separation concluded in December 2008 when Henry paid
Merry a divorce settlement close to her requested sum of
Henry is now dating Bosnian model Andrea Rajačić.
As a fan of the National Basketball Association (NBA), Henry
is often seen with his friend Tony Parker at games when not
playing football. Henry stated in an interview that he admires
basketball, as it is similar to football in pace and excitement.
Having made regular trips to the NBA Finals in the past, he went
to watch Parker and the San Antonio Spurs in the 2007 NBA
and in the 2001 NBA Finals, he went to Philadelphia to help with
French television coverage of the Finals as well as to watch
Allen Iverson, whom he named as one of his favourite players.
Henry is a member of the UNICEF-FIFA squad, where together
with other professional footballers he appeared in a series of
TV spots seen by hundreds of millions of fans around the world
during the 2002 and 2006 World Cups. In these spots, the players
promote football as a game that must be played on behalf of
Having been subjected to racism in the past, Henry is an
active spokesperson against racism in football. The most
prominent incident of racism against Henry was during a training
session with the Spanish national team in 2004,
when a Spanish TV crew caught coach Luis Aragonés referring to
Henry as "black shit".
The incident caused an uproar in the British media, and there
were calls for Aragonés to be sacked.
Henry and Nike started the Stand Up Speak Up campaign against
racism in football as a result of the incident.
Subsequently, in 2007, Time featured him as one of the
"Heroes & Pioneers" on "The Time 100" list.
Along with 45 other football players, Henry took part in
FIFA's "Live for Love United" in 2002. The single was released
in tandem with the 2002 World Cup and its proceeds went towards
AIDS research. Henry also supports the Cystic Fibrosis
Foundation and Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
In 2006, Henry was valued as the ninth most commercially
marketable footballer in the world,
as well as being the eighth richest Premier League player, with
Henry featured in the Renault Clio advertisements in which he
popularised the term va-va-voom, meaning "life" or
"passion". His romantic interest in the commercial was his
then-girlfriend, later his wife (now divorced), Claire Merry.
"Va-va-voom" was subsequently added to the Concise Oxford
In 2004, Henry signed with sportswear giant Nike. In one of
the advertisements, Henry pits his wits against football stars
such as Claude Makélélé, Edgar Davids and Freddie Ljungberg in
locations such as his bedroom and living room. The advertisement
was partly inspired by Henry himself, who revealed that he
always has a football nearby, even at home.
Henry was also featured in Nike's "Secret Tournament"
advertisement along with 24 superstar football players including
Ljungberg, Ronaldinho, and Francesco Totti. In tandem with the
2006 World Cup, Henry also featured in Nike's Joga Bonito
campaign, Portuguese for "beautiful game".
Henry's deal with Nike ended after the 2006 World Cup, when
he signed a deal with Reebok to appear in their "I Am What I Am"
As part of Reebok Entertainment's "Framed" series, Henry was the
star of a half-hour episode that detailed the making of a
commercial about Henry directed by Spanish actress Paz Vega.
In February 2007, Henry was named as one of the three
ambassadors of Gillette's "Champions Program," which purported
to feature three of the "best-known, most widely respected and
successful athletes competing today" and also showcased Roger
Federer and Tiger Woods in a series of television commercials.
For reasons of recognition, Derek Jeter appears in Henry's place
in the advertisements broadcast in North America.
In reaction to the handball controversy following the
France-Ireland 2010 World Cup qualifier, Gillette faced a
boycott and accusations of doctoring French versions of their
Champions poster, but subsequently released a statement backing
Henry was part of Pepsi's "Dare For More" campaign in 2005,
alongside the likes of David Beckham and Ronaldinho.
In the 2008 version, Henry appeared in the Pepsi Universe
advertisement along with Ljungberg, Beckham, Cesc Fàbregas,
Steven Gerrard and Lionel Messi.
Yes he is...the best player in premier league,but i am still sad that he left
Arsenal.But Henry...YOU ROOCK
henry he is the best player in Premier League and great arsenal scorer
c-mon!!! its is obvious Theirry Henry is da best.
Arsenal top soccer of all time, and also the premiership top goal scorer of all
henry you will are and always will be my football star
i love you henry i am crazy about i love your football style
love u henry because of u i got interested in football u r the best nobody can
match ur speed & ur talent
Henry is the greatest all round footballer. Maybe not that spectacular to look
at like the trickster Ronaldinho, but more gifted. Why? Because he has got it
all! Love you, man.
the best that is all
henry is the great football player in barcelona
Henry IS THE BEST of THE BEST IN THE WORLD
he is my idol he's the best the one of a kind michael jordan of soccer world
thierry henry is just awesome n no one could ever chase him as the best striker
(leaving ronaldo) no not even a single defender n u no im crazy about my
favourite player onryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
Thiery Henry his the best better than C.ronaldo no body has henry speed not even
ever since i have watched football, i have never seen a footballer so
sensational and inspirational, amazing and blazing, with sizzling speed and
dazzling shots as thierry henry!! He is my football idol. i am yet to see an
adequate replacement!!! I love you Thierry Henry with passion!!!
I'm not happy, because he is moved to Barcelona, but never mind. I hope he will
play better football than in arsenal
he is simply the best!
When I saw Thierry Henry in the pitch, I always expect good things from him. Not
only goals, but his special assists to goal, like what he did to lunjburg. I
still look for him to put more goals on the side of the net playing for Arsenal
Henry is my favourite. Had he played during Pele or Maradonas time, he would
have been ranked above them. He is not only a genius on the pitch but outside as
well. I admire him. The greatest of all times
aBSOLOUTELY Fantastic the best player to evr play the beautiful game
simply the the best ever
you have more than it takes to be the best foot ball legend.
so hang in there and keep it up from alex.
he is fantastic and I admire him a lot let him keep on the
good work. I still regard him as the best player in the world
Henry is ready the best, i mean the fastest footballer i have
ever seen. The friendliest footballer i have seen. He don't have problem with
Thierry Henry is truly the best. He is the best goal scorer
and the best scorer of goals. Thierry Henry helped his club get to 2 finals
(Arsenal, Champions League) (France, World Cup) For me Henry is the best player
that ever stepped on the pitch. He the best. Thierry Henry
i love henry from issa sierra leone
he is mint
he is in deed the best and deserves the award long live HEN
AND THE GUNNERS.
i thought i was d only person who adored him henry is almost
perfect arguably d best
If eto'o has the pace of a car, then Henry must be a TGV. Long
live the king of England: Go gunners! Allez les Bleus!
Henry is with no doubt the best football player in the worlds
and he knows it, but he doesn't pretend he's better than others, like Drogba
does. That's what I like so much about him.
my name is Daniel, l'm very happy to hear about Thierry Henry,
H is my best footballer 4 d own world, i always proud of him, i love him so
much, him very intelligent ,so good, alot, Thank u very much Thierry Henry God
i luv henry hes the best ever player when he plays it doesnt
look like he puts effort in the game but he does hes just so relaxed and
skillful thats why hes the best ever player of all time
Thierry Henry is an absolute LEGEND there will be no other
like him for as long as i live and we have him for 4 more years! Come on the
henry is an amzin player hes fast and can finish unlike
ronaldihno and christiano ronaldo
yo wasup u think miroslav klose is good then wait till u c
thierry henry pronounced tee airy onree
The man's a legend! The best player in the world bar none....
is the best footballer i have ever seen. he has got complete
technique to play the game of football
is the best football player in the world .
Henry Remains the all time greatest Arsenal Scorer. And he is
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Best Footballer in the world
Top Five Players
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3. Ronaldinho 4. Pele
Vote for the best football player on the planet
stevie gerrard is the best because he can
do everything whereas other good players specialise in a few things.
Also he works hard and is loyal to club and country.
C.ronaldo is d best footballer
mi jugador es iniesta de espana
I think c ronaldo is the best
ronaldinho he's the master
Christino Ronaldo is the best player of the world. In 47 matches he
scored 48 goals in only one year compared to messi who only scored 106
in 159 matches in 6 years. The ballon d'or earned.
my vote is with xavi of barcelona technically he is brilliant. his
control vision and touch is first class i hope he wins fifa world player
of the year in a week or sos time
Lionel messi is the best playeq in the
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