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Thierry Henry: a Legend from Arsenal to Barcelona and back

Former Arsenal and France striker Thierry Henry has announced his retirement from football after a trophy-laden 20-year career.

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The 1998 World Cup winner, and Arsenal’s all-time leading goalscorer, left New York Red Bulls this month but there was speculation he might choose to play on at another club. Here is a timeline of football success:

1977 Born 17 August in Paris.

1990 Joins Ligue 1 side Monaco as a 13-year-old.

1994 Makes top-flight debut against Nice on 31 August, aged 17.

1996 December: signs pre-contract with Real Madrid, who approach player through agent not registered with Fifa. The world body fines both the player and the Spanish club and annuls the agreement.

May 1997 Monaco win Ligue 1 title, with Henry having scored nine goals in 36 matches.

11 October Wins first France cap in friendly against South Africa in Lens.

1998 Plays for France in World Cup finals, scoring three goals in six matches, but remains on bench in 3-0 victory over Brazil in final on 12 July.

18 January 1999 Signs for Juventus.

3 August Signs for Arsenal for £10.5m.

9 September: Scores first goal for Gunners after coming on as substitute in victory at Southampton.

2000 Scores three times in five games in France’s Euro 2000 success, including the opener in the semi-final clash with Portugal.

2002 Sent off for a late tackle against Uruguay during France’s disappointing World Cup defence.

2003 Named PFA Player of the Year.

16 April 2004 Scores four against Leeds in the Premier League, taking him to 150 goals for Arsenal.
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25 April Named PFA Player of the Year for second time in a row on the day Arsenal clinch title with 2-2 draw at Tottenham.

18 October 2005 Equals Ian Wright’s Arsenal record of 185 goals in a Champions League game against Sparta Prague, then scores a second to break the mark.

May 2006 Signs four-year deal following speculation linking him with Barcelona.

July Ends the World Cup with three goals, with France losing the final to Italy on penalties.

3 February 2007 Scores 226th and final goal for Gunners in a league draw against Middlesbrough.

25 June Signs for Barcelona for £16.1m.

19 September Scores his first goal for his new club in a 3-0 Champions League win over Lyon.

_79752766_thcl_gettyMay 2009 Wins league, cup and Champions League treble with Barcelona.

18 November Earns widespread condemnation when he uses his hand in the build-up to crucial goal for France in their World Cup play-off against the Republic of Ireland. The goal books France’s place in South Africa.

18 January 2010 Fifa announces it will take no disciplinary action against Henry over handball.

20 June Part of the France squad that refuses to train after Nicolas Anelka is sent home following a bust-up with the coach Raymond Domenech during a poor World Cup in South Africa.

15 July Joins MLS side New York Red Bulls on a multi-year contract and confirms retirement from French national team, having scored 51 goals in 123 appearances.

28 August Scores first MLS goal in a 2-0 victory over San Jose Earthquakes.

11 January 2011 Arsenal confirm Henry is training at the club during the MLS off-season but no agreement to sign the player is reached.

17 November Arsène Wenger confirms Henry is back training with the club.

10 December Arsenal unveil a bronze statue of Henry outside the Emirates Stadium as part of the club’s 125th anniversary celebrations.

30 December Wenger confirms Henry will sign a two-month deal if an insurance agreement can be reached.

6 January 2012 After training with Arsenal during MLS off-season, Henry re-signs for the side on a two-month loan deal. Makes his second Arsenal debut as a substitute against Leeds in FA Cup third round and scores the only goal of the tie. Scores the winning goal in stoppage time in a 2-1 win over Sunderland in his final league match on loan.

17 February Returns to New York Red Bulls to prepare for the new season and goes on to help them become champions of the regular season – the club’s first major trophy in their 17-year history.

1 December 2014 Leaves New York Red Bulls after four and a half years at the club.

16 December Announces retirement from football and a new role as a pundit with Sky Sports.


Sources: Guardian and BBC.

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