Thierry Daniel Henry popularly known as Thierry Henry is a famous French professional and international football player, investor, entrepreneur and a philanthropist, who played as a forward striker for his country France national team and a former forward striker for English Premier League club Arsenal and Spanish club Barcelona.
He has been described as the king of football and a legendary and skillful football player by many sports analyst. He was born on 17th August 1977 in Les Ulis, France. He is currently 41 years old.
Thierry Henry is of Antillean heritage. His father’s name is Antoine while his mother’s name is Maryse. He was born and raised in Les Ulis, a suburb of Paris, the capital city of France. At the age of 7 years old, Thierry Henry showed his great potential in the game of football, prompting Claude Chezelle to recruit him to the local club CO Les Ulis.
Seeing his passion in football, his father pressured him to attend football training. In 1989, he joined the US Palaiseau, but after a year his father fell out with the club, so Thierry Henry was moved to Es Viry-Chatillon and played in the club for two years.
Thierry Henry began his professional football career for AS Monaco player at the age of 17 years old, a move that surprised soccer fans. In 2010, Thierry Henry joined the New York Red Bulls.
Thierry Henry is currently a French professional football coach and former player. He is the second assistant coach of the Belgium national team. During his football career, Thierry Henry played for Monaco, Juventus, Barcelona, New York Red Bulls and spent over eight years in Arsenal, where he is the club’s all time record best goal scorer. At international level, Thierry Henry represented his country France and became his country’s all time record best and highest goal scorer.
Thierry Henry made his professional football debut with Monaco in 1994. Due to his impressive and excellent performance in the club, he was elevated to an international call-up in 1998, after which he signed a contract for defending Seria A champions Juventus.
After playing for a Limited time at Juventus, Thierry Henry was signed to English premier league club Arsenal for a contract deal worth over £11 million and under the manager of Arsene Wenger. It was at Arsenal that Thierry Henry became very famous and name as a world-class player. It was in Arsenal that he became one of the best football players in the world. Under the long-time mentorship and coaching by Arsene Wenger, Thierry Henry became a prolific striker and Arsenal’s all-time leading goal scorer with over 228 goals in all competitions.
Thierry Henry has won two FA Cups and two league titles at the club, including one unbeaten. In 2003 and 2004 respectively, Thierry Henry was the runner-up for the FIFA World Best Player of the Year. He was also named as the PFA Player of the Year twice and the FWA Footballer of the Year three times.
Thierry Henry has been named in the UEFA Team of the Year five times. He spent his final two seasons with Arsenal as the club captain and led them to the 2006 UEFA Champions League Final.
In June 2007, after eight years with Arsenal, Thierry Henry was signed to a Spanish club Barcelona at a contract deal worth €24 million. In 2009, he was an integral part of the club’s historic treble when they won the La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the UEFA Champions League.
Thierry Henry has also won the Supercopa de Espana, the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup. In 2010, Thierry Henry joined New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer, where he won the MLS Supporter’s Shield in 2013. Thierry Henry also returned back to Arsenal on loan for two months in 2012, before retiring from international football both in club and country.
Thierry Henry has enjoyed a sustained success with France. While playing for his country France, he helped them to win the 1998 FIFA World Cup, 2000 UEFA Euro and 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup. In October 2007, Thierry Henry surpassed Michel Platini by becoming France highest top goal scorer. After amassing 123 appearances and 51 goals, Thierry Henry retired from international football after the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
In 2006, Thierry Henry was ranked 9th as the top commercially marketed footballers in the world. After retiring from international football, Thierry Henry was elevated into the position of a coach and was appointed as the second assistant coach of Belgium’s national team in 2016, alongside with Roberto Martinez as the head coach and Graeme Jones as the assistance head coach.
On 5th July 2003, Thierry Henry got married to English model Nicole Merry Claire. The marriage ceremony was held at Highclere Castle in Paris, France. On 27th May 2005, the couple celebrated the birth of their first child, named Téa. When Henry was still at Arsenal, he purchased a home in Hampstead, North London, United Kingdom.
However, shortly after his transfer to Barcelona, it was announced that Thierry Henry and his wife are firing for a divorce. The decree for divorce was granted for them in September 2007. Their separation concluded in December 2008 when Thierry Henry paid Merry Claire a divorce settlement close to her requested sum of £10 million.
Thierry Henry in the cause of his career as an international footballer has won several awards which include FIFA World Best Player of the Year, PFA Player of the Year, Ballon d’Or First Runner-up, Golden Boot Awardee, BBC Best Goal Scorer of the Season, UEFA Team of the Year, Highest Goal Scorer in France, Highest Goal Scorer in Arsenal, amongst others.
Thierry Henry is currently one of the richest and most influential football player in France with an estimated net worth of $65 million.