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France’s star striker Henry announces retirement

© Franck Fife/AFP | Henry (centre) is tackled during a friendly game against Spain in 2010

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-12-16

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

The 37-year-old Frenchman scored 51 goals in 123 appearances for his country, including the victorious 1998 World Cup and European Championships in 2000.

He also picked up trophies with Monaco Barcelona and New York Red Bulls in a glittering club career highlighted by his record-breaking spell at Arsenal.

"It has been an incredible journey and I would like to thank all the fans, team mates 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," Henry 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."

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

On Tuesday Henry announced he had taken up a role as a television pundit with Sky Sports in Britain, a job he will begin next year.

France’s star 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 after his transfer from Juventus.

He scored 228 goals for the London team, 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.

(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS)

Date created : 2014-12-16

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