What do you say about a man who has done it all in the game of football? A World Cup winner with a full trophy case who still had time to create some glory in New York.
This man who has lit up pitches across Europe and the world decided to take his talents to North America in the summer of 2010 when he signed with the New York Red Bulls for four and a half seasons. He walked through the tunnel of a brand new stadium, then onto the pitch where Head Coach Hans Backe, Sporting Director Eric Soler, and MLS Commissioner Don Garber was waiting for him. He received his Red Bulls Jersey and scarf.
While he did have a rough start in his tenure, he did create some magical moments. Every time he had the ball on his feet, Henry would convert with a purpose. He would be creative with the ball, and when he got close to the net, he would pounce like a cat.
His favorite side to face might have been the Montreal Impact. With nine career goals, he has scored a brace twice against them, but he delivered a hat trick in the clubs inaugural season at Red Bull Arena back in 2011.
Or a big goal against the Chicago Fire, as Sebastian Le Toux, delivered a looping ball towards Henry. He settled it down, took a shot towards goal, the ball deflected inside the back post and in.
Or his famous olimpico goal, when he saw the goalkeeper cheating off his line for the Columbus Crew, as he delivered a corner from the far side. The ball slowly descended towards the back post and in the net.
Of course, he scored the opening goal in the final match of 2013, as he led the club to its first regular-season title with the Supporters Shield at Red Bull Arena. He also led a big playoff run in 2014, but unfortunately, it ended at Gillette Stadium in the Eastern Conference Final.
We also can’t forget about that great phenomenon he created in Henry-ing.
New York fans ended up as lucky as those in Paris, London, and Barcelona who witnessed his brilliance. We were very privileged to watch the magic and artistry of that fabulous Frenchman Thierry Henry.