Thierry Henry

Thierry Henry was born August 17, 1977.

Born in a suburb of Paris, Henry was signed by AS Monaco at 13 in 1990, and made his professional debut for the club in 1994.

After a quiet start to his professional career, Henry quickly made a name for himself after helping lead Monaco to a Ligue 1 title in the 1996-97 season. Because of his rise, Henry started to make appearances for the French national team, and was even a part of the 1998 FIFA World Cup side that won it all that year.

Henry scored 20 league goals in 105 appearances for the French club until he decided to leave in January 1999 to Juventus. However, his tenure in Italy was short, as Henry decided to reunite with former Monaco manager Arsène Wenger in England with Arsenal in August 1999.

A winger for the majority of his early career, Wenger decided to move the Frenchman to striker, which allowed him to reach his true potential at Arsenal.

Despite initial doubts, Henry quickly made a name for himself, scoring 17 goals in his first Premier League campaign, helping Arsenal finish second to Manchester United that year.

Henry continued his dominance in the Premier League, but was unable to lead the Gunners to a title until the 2001-2002 season, where he bagged a league-leading 24 goals and 5 assists.

After failing to retain the league crown the following year, Henry helped Arsenal make history the following year, as they became the first team in more than a century to remain undefeated throughout the entire domestic league season. However, Henry did not just enjoy team success in 2003-2004, as he netted a career-high 39 goals in all competitions.

Henry continued to be a productive player for the majority of his last three seasons at Arsenal despite never being able to reclaim the Premier League title, finishing as the club's all-time leading goal scorer with 226 at the time. However, he was transferred to FC Barcelona after the 2006-2007 season.

In Barcelona, Henry was able to win the UEFA Champions' League, something he could never accomplish while at Arsenal, and also helped the club win two domestic league titles.

After three seasons in Spain, Henry was transferred to the New York Red Bulls in the MLS, where he could have a much larger impact than in ultra-competitive European soccer leagues. After a short loan to Arsenal, Henry played out his final five seasons with the Red Bulls, being named an MLS All-Star four times.

Henry finally retired from the sport he once dominated in 2014.

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