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Thierry Henry

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1 Senior club appearances and goalscounted for the domestic league only andcorrect as of 21:10, 29 September 2007 (UTC).2 National team caps and goals correctas of 16:59, 24 September 2007 (UTC).* Appearances (Goals)

Henry's good form for Monaco continued during the 1997-98 season, as he helped the club reach the UEFA Champions League semi-final. He left Monaco in January 1999, one year before his friend and teammate David Trezeguet, and moved to Italian Serie A club Juventus for £10.5 million. The Frenchman played on the wing, but he was ineffective against the Serie A defensive discipline in a position uncharacteristic for himself, and scored just three goals in 16 appearances.

The departure of compatriot Vieira in mid-2005 led to Henry being awarded club captaincy. Along with being chief goal scorer, he was responsible for leading a very young team. The 2005–06 season proved to be one of remarkable personal achievements for Henry but a disappointment in the team silverware department. On 17 October 2005, Henry became the club's top goalscorer of all time; two goals against Sparta Prague meant he broke Ian Wright's record of 185 goals. On February 1, 2006, he scored a goal against West Ham, bringing his league goal tally up to 151 and thus breaking Arsenal legend Cliff Bastin's league goals record. Henry also scored his 100th league goal at Highbury, a feat unparalleled in the history of the club, and a unique achievement in the Premier League.

Nevertheless, Arsenal failed to win the league title again, but some hope was preserved when Arsenal, who hitherto had not enjoyed much success in Europe, reached the 2006 UEFA Champions League Final. The Gunners eventually lost 1–2 to FC Barcelona, and Arsenal's inability to win the Premiership for two consecutive seasons combined with the relative inexperience of the Arsenal squad caused much speculation that Henry would leave for another club. However, he declared his loyalty and love for the club and subsequently accepted a four-year contract. He reaffirmed this months later by saying "If an opportunity like Barcelona comes again, with all my respect for such a club, I will refuse" and that he will stay at Arsenal for life. Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein later claimed the club had turned down two bids of £50 million from Spanish clubs for Henry before the signing of the new contract. Had the transfer materialised, it would have surpassed the world record ₤47 million paid for Zinedine Zidane.After the retirement of Dennis Bergkamp, Henry regularly partnered Robin van Persie up front in the Arsenal attack.

In 2006, Henry was valued as the ninth most commercially marketable footballer in the world, as well as being the eighth richest Premiership player, with £21 million. In terms of past endorsements, Henry featured in the Renault Clio adverts in which he popularised the term va-va-voom, meaning "life" or "passion". The word was subsequently added to the Oxford Concise English Dictionary. He was also a part of Nike's Joga Bonito campaign, Portuguese for "play beautifully". His deal with Nike ended after the 2006 World Cup, when he signed a deal with Reebok to appear in their "I Am What I Am" campaign.


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