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Arsenal legend Thierry Henry hangs his boots

December 16, 2014 13:35 IST
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Ends glorious 20-year career to become football pundit at British TV network

Arsenal striker Thierry Henry celebrates scoring during the FA Cup third round match against Leeds United

Arsenal striker Thierry Henry celebrates a goal. Photograph: Getty Images

Former World Cup winner and Arsenal's record goal-scorer Thierry Henry announced his retirement from soccer on Tuesday, bringing an end to his a glittering 20-year career.

The 37-year-old Frenchman scored 51 goals in 123 appearances for his country as he helped them win the 1998 World Cup and European Championships in 2000, while picking up trophies with Monaco, Arsenal, Barcelona and New York Red Bulls in a success-laden club career.

"It has been an incredible journey and I would like to thank all the fans, teammates and individuals involved with AS Monaco, Juventus, Arsenal FC, FC Barcelona, the New York Red Bulls and of course the French National Team that have made my time in the game so special," he said in a statement.

"It is now time for a different career path.

"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."

Thierry Henry of Arsenal recieves the Golden shoe before the Barclays Premiership match between Arsenal and Middlesbrough at Highbury in London, on August 22, 2004

Thierry Henry of Arsenal recieves the Golden shoe before the Barclays Premiership match between Arsenal and Middlesbrough at Highbury in London, on August 22, 2004. Photograph: Phil Cole/Getty Images

He left the Red Bulls earlier this month at the end of his four-year contract in Major League Soccer, saying he needed time to contemplate his next move.

On Tuesday Henry said he had taken up a role as a television pundit with Sky Sports in Britain starting next year.

The speedy winger made his name in England where he became one of Europe's most feared strikers after Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger switched him to a central role following his arrival from Juventus.

He scored 228 goals for the Londoners in two spells, winning two English Premier League titles before moving to Spanish giants Barcelona where he won a pair of La Liga crowns and the Champions League in 2009.

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