Soccer Great Thierry Henry Announces His Retirement From The Game

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Today, Tuesday morning the 16th of December, 2014, the French football master, whose time at Arsenal and the French national team is the stuff of legend, announced he will retire from the sport. He spent his last four years trying to help grow soccer in America while playing with the New York Red Bulls, .

Henry, now 37, started playing professionally at 17. He is the all-time leading scorer at Arsenal with 228 goals, and one of the best strikers the world has ever seen.  He scored over 350 goals in competition, 52 of those for the New York Red Bulls .

In the soccer community, Henry is revered, respected, and feared. So he will make a welcome addition to his new position with Sky Sports.

Henry was successful everywhere he played. His career began in 1994 with AS Monaco in France, in 1997 he was named the French Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year. The next year, Henry got his first shot at playing for his country in the 1998 World Cup. During that World Cup he led the team with three goals and also led them to a World Cup victory, all while Zinedine Zidane and Didier Deschamps were on the team.

This led to well deserved notoriety and he was quickly purchased by Juventus in 1999, but he moved to Arsenal during the season. He would spend the next eight years at Arsenal in North London. He was at his best during these years and led the team to two Premier League titles and earned three FA Cup trophies.

In 2006, Henry led the French team again to the final of the World Cup where they lost to Italy on penalties. The following year Henry moved to FC Barcelona where he helped win two consecutive La Liga championships.

After three years in Barcelona, Henry decided to take his talents and notoriety to New York City. A city he says he has always loved. After four seasons all-star seasons, he decided to retire.