Thierry Henry retires ... a look back at 5 of his best goals
French striker Thierry Henry said on Tuesday (Dec 16) he was retiring from football after two decades and will become a TV analyst for Sky Sports in England.
"After 20 years in the game I have decided to retire from professional football," Henry said in a statement on his Facebook page.
Henry, 37, a world and European champion with France, and the scorer of 228 goals with Arsenal including 175 English Premier League goals for the club, finished his playing career at New York Red Bulls just days ago.
"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," he said.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said recently that Henry will "certainly" return to the club in some capacity in the future.
Henry, who has a daughter based in England, himself told L’Equipe in recent weeks that he wants to help Arsenal win the Champions League.
Henry first made his mark at French club Monaco before moving to Italian giants Juventus.
But the bulk of his career was spent at Arsenal under Wenger, who brought him to north London in 1999.
Capped 123 times for France, he scored a national record 51 goals during his international career which began with a 2-1 win over South Africa in October 1997.
In England, Henry was a huge success, winning the Premier League twice and the FA Cup three times.
Five of the best from Henry :
1. Henry vs Spurs (2002)
2. Henry vs Liverpool (2004)
3. Henry vs Man Utd (2000)
4. Henry vs Leicester City (2000)
5. Henry vs Charlton (2005)
Source: AFP, YouTube