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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