Many consider Thierry Henry, of Martinique ancestry, to be the greatest football striker who has played in the English Premier League era. Henry scored 228 goals for Arsenal FC during his eight years at the club and won a host of titles including two premier league titles in 2002 and 2004, three FA Cups and one community shield.
Henry represented France at international level, winning the Football World Cup in 1998, hosted in France. The French team included many other French-African players, including Zinedine Zidane and Patrick Vieira. In 2000, Henry would also win the European Football Championship with France. Henry’s France would finish runner-up to Italy in the FIFA World Cup Final 2006.
It is Henry’s personal honours, however, which he gained during his time in Arsenal, that are truly outstanding. Henry was a member of the ‘Arsenal Invincibles’ team which managed to remain unbeaten for the whole of the 2003-04 season. He won the Premier League top goal scorer award an incredible four times, one European Golden Boot, runner-up in the FIFA World Player of the year award and he was included in the prestigious World XI. In 2007 Henry left Arsenal and joined European rivals Barcelona, where he would win the treble in Barcelona’s historic season of 2008-09, in addition to winning the Champions League for the first time in his career.
During his spare time, Henry has supported many charities, including the Cystic Fibrosis foundation the Elton John AIDS Foundation and The Steve Nash Foundation, which helps kid’s development and health. As well as supporting these charities Henry has been an ambassador for UNICEF.