Thierry Henry

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Thierry Henry (born 17 August 1977) is a retired French football player who currently works as an assistant manager for the Belgian National Team.


  • "Next time I'll learn to dive maybe, but I'm not a woman."
    • After the 2006 Champions League final.[1]
  • At times we forget that football is a team effort, a team game and not a solo show game. Sometimes we just don't respect the game. I love my game, but sometimes you need to please the people around you also, and pass the ball to them. At times during games we forget about team-mates in better positions while we try and force our way in, rather than pass to players in better positions around the box. That is something I'm thinking about more.
  • You can be ruthless by playing football and one-touch football. Sometimes we get confused between desire and playing football. There is a fine line and sometimes we could pass the ball to each other a bit better. Football is a team effort and sometimes when you're not playing well together you need to go back to basics and play as a team.
  • A lot of different races and nationalities play football, so it is a good way to try and stop racism.
  • What I believe is this: Catalunya is not Spain, it is something else and you have to feel it.
    • After more than 18 months in the Catalan capital, Henry has become a firm believer in the Barcelona philosophy.[2]
  • You don’t let a guy put his hand on your chest, and put his foot on the ball and look into your eyes and tell you a bedtime story. No. sorry.
  • He controlled the ball on his chest, step on it, look, see if someone was in the stands, take a coffee, turn, call his family, no one was answering, left a message, and then thought "Oh, I might cross the ball." He crossed it and they scored.
    • Henry, on the lack of defensive abilities of his team, after losing 2-0.[3]


  • Being seen as the best striker in Europe doesn't spur me on—it's helping my team to success. That's my only aim.[4]
  • I'm not a machine.
    • After being critised over his poor form.[4]
  • I would love this place to be my garden.
    • On Arsenal's old stadium.[4]
  • I take the ball, I go wide, I cross, I shoot, but when the moment beckons, I am ready to make the difference.[4]
  • You can never have enough trophies. If there were ten to be won a year I'd want to win them all! That's not being greedy, it's just a natural thing.[4]
  • It's not about me, it's about how I can help my team to achieve more. And I do that through scoring goals.[4]
  • I eat football, I sleep football, I breathe football. I'm not mad, I'm just passionate.[4]
  • There's nothing I'm scared of in football.[4]
  • Sometimes in football you have to score goals.[4]


  • And then there is the magnificent Thierry Henry - someone who has blistering pace and is unbelievable when he is finishing at his best.
  • Ronaldinho is a special player, but Thierry Henry is probably technically the most gifted footballer ever to play the beautiful game.


  1. Henry denies diving against Spain. BBC Sport (28 June 2006). Retrieved on 2006-10-18.
  2. Thierry Henry: Catalunya is not Spain. inside World Soccer (27 February 2009).
  3. Henry blasts Red Bulls' road form, defense in Houston. New York Post (9 August 2012). Archived from the original on 2013-06-30.
  4. a b c d e f g h i Thierry Henry quotes.
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