Greatest Thierry Henry quotes

Thu 13 May 2021 | 4:30

Thierry Henry, a name to be remembered as one of the greatest strikers of all time; but what do we know about this great player, and what are the top quotes by Thierry Henry? Stay tuned to find out more.

Born on 17 August 1977, Thierry Henry is regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the

Premier League

, while he also has been coaching different teams since 2016.

Henry started playing soccer at a very young age and has been known as one of the most skillful players in the world of football.

Starting his senior career in 1994 by Monaco B, Henry soon started shining among the other players. Joining


in 1999 was the beginning of his glorious days. Not only he helped the team to win the Premier League title, FA Cup, and FA Community Shield, but also he was the runner-up for the FIFA World Player of the Year in 2003, 2004, and Ballon d'Or runner-up in 2003.

Henry made his professional debut with Monaco in 1994 before joining


in 1999. You may know that Henry’s stay at Juventus was so short according to his limited playing experience and also disagreements with the club's hierarchy. After leaving the Old Lady, the young star joined Arsenal for £11 million in 1999.

There, under the mentoring and supervision of Arsène Wenger, Henry became the star he is today and Arsenal's all-time leading scorer with 228 goals in all competitions.

He was the winner of the Premier League Golden Boot four times. He spent his final two seasons with Arsenal as club captain, leading them to the 2006 UEFA Champions League Final.

Eventually, in June 2007, Henry left the Gunners to join


. With Barcelona he also has achieved a lot, starting with the 2008-09 La Liga title. Henry was a key part of the club's historic treble, winning the La Liga, Copa del Rey, and UEFA Champions League in 2008-09.

4 years before retiring from playing football, Henry joined

New York Red Bulls

in 2010 and two years later, returned to Arsenal on loan for two months. He eventually announced his retirement in 2014.

At the international level, he also was the one to help France international team to win the 1998 FIFA World cup, while they also became the tournament’s runner-up in 2006. Moreover, the team won the UEFA European Championship in 2000 and the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2003.

He was named the French Player of the Year five times and was also awarded the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup Golden Ball and Golden Shoe. With a record of 123 appearances and 51 goals, Henry retired from international football after the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Henry began coaching Arsenal's youth teams in February 2015. In 2016 he joined the Belgium management team as the coach’s assistant. His next coaching destination was


and then

Montreal Impact

. It might be interesting for you to know Henry decided to leave the team because of his family. In fact, as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic and the traveling restrictions, he had not been able to see his children during the 2020 season, and with the continuing of the restrictions, he decided to leave the team and go back to his family in 2021. That’s the man of the family. Don’t you agree?

Ok. Without further ado, let’s go through the

famous Thierry Henry Quotes


Top quotes by Thierry Henry

Let’s keep on to read about more Thierry Henry quotes.

Thierry Henry quotes on football

“I’m obsessed by the idea of making my mark on history. And Arsenal is my paradise.”

“I eat football, I sleep football. I am not mad I am just passionate.”

“Arsenal is in my blood as well as my heart. I will always, always, always remember you guys. I said I was going to be a Gunner for life and I did not lie because when you are a Gunner, you will always be a Gunner. This club is in my heart and will remain in my heart forever.”

“I hope you have enjoyed watching as much as I have enjoyed taking part.”

“The moment I’ve got a ball at my feet, I’m happy.”

“It’s not about me, it’s about how I can help my team to achieve more. And I do that through scoring goals.”

“What makes the difference between a great player and just a normal player is dedication, work, and commitment.”

“A lot of different races and nationalities play football, so it is a good way to try and stop racism.”

“In football, you always get judged on your last game. Whoever you are, or how amazing you are, it’s the last game that everyone has seen.”

“But, at the moment, when I step on the pitch, when I have the ball I know it’s mine. It’s just a feeling.”

“There’s nothing I’m scared of in football.”

“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.”

“I can’t think of a striker in the world who has scored so many important goals, never mind a midfielder.”

“You kind of never leave Arsenal. How many comebacks do you make? At one point it will turn out to be a bad move. We all love the first Rocky but I’m not too sure about the last one.”

“I am a believer in passing the ball on the ground, I was lucky to be part of teams like that at Arsenal, with the French national team, and with Monaco and at Barcelona. I know you can win in other ways, but I believe that is the way football should be played.”

“Barcelona is always a club that, at the beginning of the season, wants to win everything. I will try my best to do that with them and I’m sure I will help as much as I can.”

“Sometimes in football you have to score goals.”

“So many people say that obviously, my game has changed since I arrived here and I say that it’s good that it changed, otherwise it would show a lack of intelligence.”

“I can’t stay in the box and wait for the ball. I can’t – I would die.”

“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. I’m not a machine.”

“I like to score a proper goal, you know – a passing move.”

“People always see the goals, and for me, strikers are not only about scoring goals.”

“No, because retiring is stopping. If I wanted to stop, I would have stopped.”

That was all on the great player’s quotes on football. Time to go through Thierry Henry motivational quotes. Ready?

Thierry Henry quotes on life

Here are the best

Thierry Henry motivational quote

s and his quotes on life.

“You learn from your mistakes.”

“There are many things I want, and the only way I will get them is to keep my head down, listen to the right people, and work hard.”

“I always think about what I missed, and I think that was my driving force – never be satisfied with what I’ve done.”

“I’m still young and every day I want to learn more. I feel I am beginning to find myself.”

“I am not a cheat and never have been.”

“At the end of the day, you either want or you don’t want to know about it. It’s a mercy thing – you have to give back. However you do it, you have to give something back. You have to.”

“I only deal in what is real. To be honest, I’ve never thought about what I could get out of football or where it would take me. I just wanted to play. I’m the same now.”

“My dad always taught me to never be satisfied, to want more and know that what is done is done.”

“That’s the way I’ve been educated: I always think about what I missed and the things that you did, you did them, so you don’t have to think about them anymore.”

“Quite simply, it is true that I can be a pig! It is not a lie to say that. Sometimes, I feel that I am in the right even when I am wrong.”

Thierry Henry quotes on his interests

“And I don’t watch cricket. How can you like a game that requires you to take four days off work to follow a Test?”

“In New York, it seems like there’s no Monday or Saturday or Sunday. The town is always moving. The vibe is great.”

“It is important for me to feel at home.”

“There’s just something about Highbury that is difficult to describe. When you first arrive, you hardly see the stadium and wonder where it is but then you find it between two blocks of flats.”

“I don’t like to plan anything.”

“What I believe is this: Catalonia is not Spain, it is something else and you have to feel it.”

“And I don’t really like golf. I know a lot of English footballers play, but I know that if I go with the club to play, sooner or later I will end up trying to smash the ball with my foot.”

“I have to say that when I was young when any politician was talking I wasn’t even interested (in basketball). Maybe they were saying some nice stuff, but then if you put Michael Jordan on TV, I was interested!”

“Baseball and American football and hockey are all ahead because they have a history. The MLS is kind of new. So hopefully, in time, and with players coming and trying to develop the game, and the U.S. team also doing well - at the last World Cup, they finished above England and created some buzz.”

Thierry Henry quotes on other footballers

And here are some of Thierry Henry’s quotes about other footballers.

On Messi

“What Leo does is so incredible that I have to be careful not to stand still watching him make his moves.”

“I have the possibility to watch


in training each morning, and because of what he demonstrates he is the best player in the world, he stated during a press conference. It is a pleasure to watch him, and because of the way he plays he is an undisputed leader of the Barcelona team.”

On Wenger

“I’ll never forget the club or him I don’t see Arsenal without Arsene Wenger.”

 On Scholes

“If I had a Paul Scholes in my team, everything would be around him. At Manchester United, they saw it like that, but I think Paul Scholes is one of the best I’ve played against in this league, and seen anywhere.”

“Without any doubt, the best player in the Premiership has to be Scholes. He knows how to do everything, and he is one who directs the way his team plays. On top of that, he has indestructible mental strength and he is a genuine competitor.”

“For years Paul Scholes has been one of the best players in the Premiership. He’s incredible. He has always been under-rated throughout his career. He’s a team player, a one and two-touch footballer who makes good decisions on the pitch and makes his team play.”

On King

“King would get the ball off you without you even noticing he’s the only defender in England who doesn’t hold onto you, and he sometimes still gets the ball off my feet easily.”

On Pele

“It’s difficult to talk about Pele because I didn’t see him.”

That was all on

Thierry Henry quotes

, but what do others think about the brilliant player and coach? Let’s find out.

Quotes on Thierry Henry

But what do other football celebrities think about Thierry Henry? Here is what you need to know.

Zinedine Zidane

“Thierry Henry is probably technically the most gifted footballer ever to play the beautiful game.”

Arsene Wenger

“It was embarrassing for the defenders. He just scored when he wanted.”

Paul Merson

“Thierry Henry would play for Arsenal like he was a 20-year-old playing in an Under-12 league, and I’ve never seen that before.”

Jamie Carragher

“I’ve used this analogy before and I make no apology for using it again. When he hit top gear and ran past you, it was like trying to chase after someone on a motorbike.

“When Arsenal were ‘The Invincibles’ in the period between 2003-2004, Henry rivaled Ronaldinho as the best in the world. A great goal-scorer, not to mention a scorer of great goals, he is the finest player I have seen in the Premier League. His game didn’t have a weakness.”

Lionel Messi

“The first day that he came into the dressing room, I did not dare to look him in the face. I knew everything that he had done in England.”

Gianluca Vialli

“The only way to stop Thierry Henry? With a gun!”

Don’t worry! That’s just a joke!

Lilian Thuram

“He’s a wizard with his feet and is blessed with a gift for scoring goals. His best quality is his speed while the ball is at his feet. He may be the fastest man ever to lace up a football boot. No defender in the world can keep up with him.”

Paul Scholes

“On his day he was absolutely scintillating, a supreme athlete and a magnificent footballer. What amazed me was that he never seemed to get a sweat on. He could run 100 meters past five players and he wouldn’t even be breathing heavily.”

Peter Beardsley

“I tell my kids in the academy at Newcastle to watch Henry. He plays with such a swagger, not an arrogance, and that is a great quality."


“Henry is a beautiful player and has got complete technique, I adore watching him. I respect him very much as a man and as a footballer. He reminds me of myself.”

Martin Keown

“I do remember saying to him when he scored his first goal, ‘I’ll be able to tell my kids I played with you,’ and I meant every word of it.”

Gianfranco Zola

“He is one of those players who can really ruin your day.”

Michel Platini

“He’s got something that no French player has ever had. He can do everything: from scoring goals to giving assists, crossing and creating space for other players, and he fights for every ball. I’ve never seen a player in France like him.”

George Best

“I don’t recognize myself in the players I see today, there’s only one who excites me, and that is Thierry Henry. He’s not just a great footballer, he’s a showman, an entertainer.”

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