Thierry Henry. The greatest player of premier league the story?
It’s entirely possible.
the Arsenal legend has been a tour de force during his career with the Gunners, leaving defenders with nightmares about his speed and finishing skills.
Among those delighted with Henry’s transfer to Barcelona in 2007 was former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, who had many tough games against the Frenchman.
Carragher, who considers Henry the greatest player of all time in the Premier League, told the striker on his The Greatest Game podcast: “You are the only player I have ever played against and against whom I had scared to play before the game. You got into my head.
Henry had it all
It was his move to Spain that allowed Henry to eventually become a Champions League winner, but England certainly witnessed the best of him.
He scored 228 goals in 377 appearances over two spells with Arsenal.
There’s a reason a statue of the former No.14 has been erected outside the Emirates Stadium.
Henry was simply unplayable in his day and he is among the finest entertainers to ever grace a football pitch.
His pace was electrifying, but many players have speed. Henry, however, had the balance and control to use his speed to devastating effect.
Then there is the finish and the imagination. Few people could make something out of nothing like Henry could.
12 times Henry ‘shocked the world’
In 2019, a video featuring the striker ‘shocked the world’ 12 times was posted on YouTube and was enjoyable to watch.
Six minutes of Henry magic. What more could you want?
The video includes Henry’s sensational solo goal against bitter Arsenal rivals Tottenham Hotspur in 2002, as well as his backheel goal against Charlton two years later.
His iconic goal at the Santiago Bernabeu in 2006 is also included. Accompanied by Peter Drury’s commentary, it’s a brilliant throwback.
“The most underrated player in history”
The comments section is flooded with praise for Henry.
“I haven’t seen anything close to him since… the swagger, the confidence, the aura – top 5 of all time,” one fan wrote.
Another said: “The most underrated player in the history of the game. He’s in the top 10 of all time.
Meanwhile, a Liverpool fan echoed Carragher’s sentiments by expressing the fear he felt before his side faced Arsenal.
“As a Liverpool fan, he is the only player I have ever feared entering a game. At one point (2002 to 2004) he was unplayable,” they wrote.
The only honor that eluded Henry was the Ballon d’Or – a travesty, many say – but his jaw-dropping ability and vast catalog of special moments guarantee his status as an all-time great.
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