Henry confirms retirement

The former France star has decided to hang up his boots after leaving New Yor Red Bulls and will become a pundit

Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry has announced his decision to retire from professional football with immediate effect.

The 37-year-old recently decided to leave New York Red Bulls, but had yet to make a final decision on his future.

Henry has now made it clear that he will no longer continue his playing career and will start working as a pundit with Sky Sports instead.

“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 Monaco, Juventus, Arsenal, Barcelona, New York Red Bulls and of course the French National Team that have made my time in the game so special,” a statement on his official website reads.

“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…”

Henry started his professional career with Monaco and also briefly wore the Juventus jersey before signing for Arsenal in August 1999.

The attacker quickly became a key figure at the Premier League outfit, scoring over 200 goals for Arsenal, winning two Premier League titles and three FA Cups during his time in London.

He then moved to Barcelona where he was part of the team that won La Liga, Copa del Rey, Champions League, Club World Cup, Spanish Supercup and European Supercup in 2009.

Henry spent the last five seasons of his career at MLS outfit New York Red Bulls, while also briefly returning to Arsenal in 2011-12.

Furthermore, the forward scored 51 goals in 123 games for France, winning the World Cup in 1998 and the European Championship in 2000.

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