Thierry Henry: Premier League’s Best Ever Striker?

Thierry Henry

Thierry Henry

Premier League legend Thierry Henry has announced his retirement from football at the age of 37 after 20 years at the top of the game.

Henry began his career at French club AS Monaco under the guidance of Arsene Wenger where he formed a strong partnership with David Trezeguet. In 1997 the striker was named Young Player of the Year. During his five seasons at Monaco Henry scored 28 goals in 141 appearances.

In 1999, Juventus paid Monaco £10.5m for his services. Henry’s time in Italy was short lived and after just 8 months the Frenchman moved to London with Arsenal paying Juventus a reported £11m, which reuniting Henry with his former manager, Arsene Wenger.

In his 8 years at Arsenal, Henry won two Premier League titles, three FA Cups and two Community Shields and was the driving force of the Gunners invincible team of the 03-04 season.

The Frenchman is without doubt the best striker that English football has ever seen with a strike-rate to prove it. With a goal to game ratio of 0.68, Henry proved to be deadlier than the Premier League’s all-time record goalscorer Alan Shearer on a per game basis. Other great Premier League strikers that Henry stands above include Wayne Rooney, Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen.

The striker won many individual honours during his time in the Premier League including two PFA Player of the Year awards, three FWA Player of the Year awards and a record four Golden Boots. The Frenchman is also Arsenal’s all-time record goalscorer with 228 goals in 376 appearances.

Henry has won everything in his career including domestic league titles in three different countries, the Champions League and the European Championships and World Cup for his country.


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