Another soccer legend has announced his retirement from professional soccer. After 20 years playing soccer (football), Thierry Henry is hanging up the boots and will be heading back to London, England to join Sky Sports as an analyst.
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Shortly after Sky Sports broke the news, Henry took to his Facebook to confirm the report and thank the fans for their support.
"After 20 years in the game I have decided to retire from professional football. It has been an incredible journey and I would like to thank all the fans, team mates and individuals involved with AS Monaco, Juventus, Arsenal FC, FC Barcelona, the New York Red Bulls and of course the French National Team that have made my time in the game so special.It is now time for a different career path and I am pleased to say that I will be returning to London and joining Sky Sports. I will hopefully share some of the insights, observations and experiences I have learnt over the years with you guys.I have had some amazing memories (mostly good!) and a wonderful experience.I hope you have enjoyed watching as much as I have enjoyed taking part.See you on the other side…"
While many soccer pundits talk about all that Landon Donovan has done for the game in the States, Henry has accomplished a lot himself and help draw fans to the beautiful game. He’s played on many teams in many leagues with the most recent being MLS side New York Red Bulls and included a rich history with the French National Team. As with many former soccer players, Henry is taken his talents to the studio. Most recently USMNT goalie Brad Fridel signed a five-year agreement with Fox Sports ahead of the new World Cup cycle.
Henry’s arrival at Sky Sports will allow soccer fans to still connect with the soccer legend. Before the announcement, Henry spoke with Sky Sports.
With Henry’s announcement, another soccer legend has hung up his cleats. It was rumored he may head back to Arsenal after announcing that he had played his final season with the Red Bulls. However, it appears he has chosen the television booth instead of playing in his 21st season.
All in all, Henry accomplished much in his 20 years playing professionally on the pitch. This included 360 goals and the all-time goalscorer for France. He was apart of numerous titles and championships as both a team and individual. This included two-time European Golden boot, four-time winner of the English Premier League Golden Boot, and five-time winner of the French Player of the Year.
Thank you Henry for all you’ve done on the pitch. As he enters a new era and career within sports, it will be worth watching what kind of role and how he adjusts as a sports analyst for Sky Sports.