Thierry Henry Biography

(Former French Professional Football Player, Coach and One of the Greatest Strikers of All Time)

Birthday: August 17, 1977 (Leo)

Born In: Les Ulis, France

Thierry Daniel Henry is a retired French footballer and professional football coach. France’s record goal-scorer, Henry is regarded as one of the greatest strikers in the history of the game. His football career started with Monaco’s youth rank under manager Arsène Wenger. He then moved to Juventus where he majorly played as a left winger. Post 2000, Henry became a striker and one of the most feared players in Europe. He then moved to Arsenal and then to Barcelona where his team won the ‘Champions League Trophy’ in 2008-2009. He then moved to ‘Major League Soccer’ (MLS) and performed brilliantly. His style of play has been described as ostentatious, productive, and complete. He is the only player in the history of European football to have been named the FWA ‘Footballer of the Year’ three times. He has also been named the ‘French Player of the Year’ on four occasions. Throughout his career, Henry appeared in commercials and signed many endorsements. In 2006, he was the ninth-most commercially marketable football players in the world.

Quick Facts

French Celebrities Born In August

Also Known As: Thierry Daniel Henry

Age: 46 Years, 46 Year Old Males


Spouse/Ex-: Claire Merry (m. 2003–2007)

father: Antoine Henry

mother: Maryse Henry

children: Tea, Téa Henry, Tristan Henry

Born Country: France

Quotes By Thierry Henry Football Players

Height: 6'2" (188 cm), 6'2" Males

Ancestry: Guadeloupean French, Martinican French

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awards: 1997 - UNFP Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year
2003 - PFA Players' Player of the Year
2004 - PFA Players' Player of the Year

2001 - PFA Players' Player of the Year
2002 - PFA Players' Player of the Year
2003 - PFA Players' Player of the Year
2004 - PFA Players' Player of the Year
2005 - PFA Players' Player of the Year
2006 - PFA Players' Player of the Year
2003 - FWA Footballer of the Year
2004 - FWA Footballer of the Year
2006 - FWA Footballer of the Year
2002 - Premier League Golden Boot
2004 - Premier League Golden Boot
2005 - Premier League Golden Boot
2006 - Premier League Golden Boot
2005 - Golden Boot Landmark Award 10
2005 - Golden Boot Landmark Award 20
2000 - Premier League Player of the Month
2002 - Premier League Player of the Month
2004 - Premier League Player of the Month
2004 - Premier League Player of the Month
2003 - Goal of the Season
2001 - UEFA Team of the Year
2002 - UEFA Team of the Year
2003 - UEFA Team of the Year
2004 - UEFA Team of the Year
2006 - UEFA Team of the Year
2011 - MLS Best XI
2012 - MLS Best XI
2012 - MLS Player of the Month
2003 - Onze d'Or
2006 - Onze d'Or
2004 - European Golden Boot
2005 - European Golden Boot
2000 - French Player of the Year
2003 - French Player of the Year
2004 - French Player of the Year
2005 - French Player of the Year
2006 - French Player of the Year
2003 - IFFHS World's Top Goal Scorer of the Year
2006 - FIFA FIFPro World XI
2006 - FIFA World Cup All-Star Team
2003 - FIFA Confederations Cup Golden Ball
2003 - FIFA Confederations Cup Golden Shoe
2000 - UEFA European Football Championship Team of the Tournament
2004 - FIFA 100
2007 - Time 100 Heroes & Pioneers no.16
2008 - English Football Hall of Fame
1993 - Premier League 10 Seasons Awards
2002 - Premier League 10 Seasons Awards

  • 1

    What teams did Thierry Henry play for during his professional football career?

    Thierry Henry played for AS Monaco, Juventus, Arsenal, Barcelona, New York Red Bulls, and ended his career at New York Red Bulls.

  • 2

    What is Thierry Henry's coaching career like?

    Thierry Henry has worked as an assistant coach for the Belgium national team and as a head coach for AS Monaco and CF Montreal.

  • 3

    Did Thierry Henry ever win the FIFA World Cup?

    Yes, Thierry Henry won the FIFA World Cup with the French national team in 1998.

  • 4

    How many goals did Thierry Henry score in his career?

    Thierry Henry scored a total of 360 goals in his professional club career and 51 goals for the French national team.

  • 5

    In what position did Thierry Henry primarily play during his playing career?

    Thierry Henry primarily played as a forward or striker during his playing career.

Childhood & Early Years

Thierry Henry was born on August 17, 1977, in Les Ulis, France, to Antoine and Maryse Henry. Right before his birth, his parents left the French Antilles to make a better life for themselves. They moved to a ghetto like neighborhood.

Henry’s family lived in a small apartment where the living conditions were not great. Antoine encouraged Henry to play sports and invest his energy in athletics. He used to take Henry to local soccer matches.

Soon, it became evident that Henry played way better soccer than other children of his age. He started playing for the junior teams of Les Ulis and Palaiseau. At the age of thirteen, Henry started playing for the Viry-Châtillon under fifteen team.

Around the same time, his parents separated and his mother took him to Orsay to get him admitted into the ‘Alexander Fleming School.’ Even after moving to Orsay, Henry’s focus was on soccer. At fourteen, he was elected into the French Football Federation’s ‘Clairefontaine Academy.’

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At the academy, Henry signed an apprentice contract with Arsène Wenger, the manager of the Monaco team. He made his first professional appearance in football in 1994 in a 2-0 loss against Nice. He was put on the left wing by Wenger.

In 1996, Henry became France’s ‘Young Player of the Year’ under the guidance and training of Arsène Wenger. He led France’s under-18 team to ‘European Championship,’ scoring seven goals in the competition.

As a result of his splendid performance in other tournaments, he became part of the French ‘FIFA World Cup’ 1998 team. He continued to play for Monaco and impressed everyone with his brilliant performance. He scored 20 goals in 105 matches.

In 1999, Henry left Monaco and became part of the ‘Italian Series A’ club Juventus. He was paid a sum of 10.5 million pounds to join the team. In the same year, he scored his first goal for the team.

After some time, he was transferred to Arsenal for a sum of 11 million pounds where he was re-untied with his old mentor Arsène Wenger. Wenger played him as a striker and he helped his team win against Southampton.

In 2000, Henry’s second season with Arsenal was successful as he became the team’s ace goal-scorer. The team reached the finals of the ‘FA Cup’ but lost 2-1 to Liverpool. Henry was largely responsible for making his club a powerhouse.

In 2002, Henry became the top goal-scorer of the league and scored a total of 32 goals. He played a major role in Arsenal’s success and won his first silverware while playing for the club. He played against Uruguay in the ‘World Cup’ finals.

In 2003, he scored 32 goals in the season, which led his club to another ‘FA Cup’ and he was declared man-of-the-match in the finals. He was named the ‘PFA Players’ Player of the Year’ and ‘FWA Footballer of the Year.’

In 2004, he was the top scorer in the ‘Premier League’ and scored 30 goals which helped Arsenal win the title without losing even a single match; the feat was last achieved 115 years ago.

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Around the same time, he was again voted the ‘PFA Player of the Year’ and ‘FWA Footballer of the Year,’ becoming the first player in 50 years to be named ‘FWA Footballer of the Year’ for two consecutive years.

In 2005, Henry helped his club Arsenal win the ‘FA Cup,’ but he suffered from a knee injury which kept him out of the final match against Manchester United. He became the top-scorer in the history of ‘Arsenal Football Club.’

2005–06 turned out to be a great season for Henry. On October 17, 2005, he became the club's top goal-scorer of all time as he broke Ian Wright's record of 185 goals.

In 2006, he scored his 200th goal for his club Arsenal in a winning effort against Birmingham. He was voted ‘Footballer of the Year’ for the third time, becoming the first player in 59 years to receive the award three times.

He also captained his club Arsenal in their first ‘Champions League’ final. In that match, Arsenal was beaten 2-1 by Barcelona. He signed a four-year contract and stayed with Arsenal, turning down two high-paying bids from Spanish clubs.

In 2007, Henry joined Barcelona for 24 million pounds. He scored his first goal for his new club in a 3-0 ‘Champions League’ win over Olympique Lyonnais. He could not score as well as he used to score for Arsenal.

In 2009, Barcelona won the ‘Primera Division’ and ‘Champions League.’ Henry helped his new team win a sextuple, consisting of ‘Supercopa de Espana,’ ‘UEFA Super Cup,’ and the ‘FIFA Club World Cup.’

In 2010, he signed a contract for multiple years with ‘Major League Soccer’ club ‘New York Bulls.’ He scored his first goal for the club in a 2-0 victory against ‘San Jose Earthquakes.’

From 2011 to 2012, Henry went back to Arsenal as part of a two-month loan deal; he covered for Gervinho and Chamakh while they were participating in the ‘Africa Cup of Nations’ that year. He played against the ‘Leeds United’ in the ‘FA Cup.’

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In 2012, he went back to ‘Red Bulls’ and came up with his first hat-trick for the club in a 5-2 win against ‘Montreal Impact.’ He was named ‘MLS Player of the Month’ and was the highest paid player of MLS.

It was announced on December 1, 2014, that Henry had left ‘New York Red Bulls.’ On December 16, 2014, Henry announced his retirement as a football player. He also said that he would be working for ‘Sky Sports.’

In 2015, he started coaching Arsenal's youth team. The following year, he became the second assistant coach for the Belgium national team where he worked alongside Roberto Martínez and Graeme Jones.

Henry quit his position at ‘Sky’ in July 2018, to focus solely on his coaching career.

Henry signed a two-year deal with Major League Soccer’s ‘Montreal Impact’ on November 14, 2019.

Awards & Achievements

He was a member of the ‘FIFA World Cup’ 1998-winning French team. He was also part of the ‘UEFA European Football Championship’ 2000-winning team. He also helped his team win the ‘FIFA Confederations Cup’ and ‘King Hassan II International Cup Tournament’ in 2000.

He won ‘FWA Footballer of the Year’ three times and ‘French Player of the Year’ four times. He has also received the prestigious ‘European Golden Boot’ twice and won the ‘MLS Player of the Month’ and ‘Best MLS Player ESPY Award.’

Personal Life & Legacy

In 2003, Henry married Nicole Merry, also known as Claire, an English model. Two years after their wedding, they had a child named Tea. The couple divorced in December 2008, within five years of their marriage.

He also has a son named Tristan Henry with his girlfriend Andrea Rajacic.

Facts About Thierry Henry

Thierry Henry is an accomplished musician and has been known to play the piano with great skill.

He is a huge fan of comic books and has a collection that includes rare editions from around the world.

Thierry Henry is multilingual and can speak several languages fluently, including English, French, Spanish, and Italian.

He has a passion for cooking and is known to be quite the chef in the kitchen, specializing in French and Mediterranean cuisine.

Henry is an avid philanthropist and has been involved in various charitable initiatives to help underprivileged communities around the world.

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