Footballers react to Thierry Henry's retirement on Twitter
Present-day Arsenal stars led the tributes to club great Thierry Henry on Tuesday after the former France striker announced his retirement from professional football
London: Present-day Arsenal stars led the tributes to club great Thierry Henry on Tuesday after the former France striker announced his retirement from professional football.
Here, we look at how the news was greeted on Twitter.
: THEO WALCOTT (Arsenal winger) @theowalcott
"A true inspiration to me in my career. Thank you @Thierryhenry & good luck in your new path with @skysports"
: AARON RAMSEY (Arsenal midfielder) @aaronramsey
"Congratulations on an outstanding career @ThierryHenry. Top player. Top guy. #Legend"
: MESUT OZIL (Arsenal midfielder)@MesutOzil1088
"Once you enchanted all of us - now I can only say: Thanks for everything! @ThierryHenry #ArsenalLegend"
: ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN (Arsenal winger) @Alex_OxChambo
"Was a honour to have played alongside this man! My idol and a big inspiration to my career... ?? #KingHenry ??"
: JOEL CAMPBELL (Arsenal striker) @joel_campbell12
"Thanks for everything, legend. #MerciThierry @ThierryHenry: La inspiracion de Joel Campbell"
: CESC FABREGAS (Former Arsenal midfielder, now at Chelsea) @cesc4official
"Sad to see the end to the career of one of the best players I've ever played with. A true legend @thierryhenry! ;-)"
: VINCENT KOMPANY (Manchester City captain) @VincentKompany
"@ThierryHenry From artist to analyst. Respect to you sir. What a player..."
: MICHAEL OWEN (Former England striker) @themichaelowen
"One of the all time greats has hung up his boots. Thierry Henry was simply unplayable."
: BRAD FRIEDEL (Tottenham goalkeeper) @friedel_b
"@ThierryHenry congratulations on an amazing career...one of the best I've faced over the last 23 years! Good luck with ur next adventure!"
: DANIEL STURRIDGE (Liverpool striker) @D_Sturridge
"Happy retirement to my hero and idol @ThierryHenry. Wish you all the best in the next chapter."
: GARY LINEKER (Former Tottenham and England striker) @GaryLineker
"Congratulations to @ThierryHenry on a truly wonderful career. One of the great footballers of our time and a top bloke. Bonne chance."
Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville, who will work alongside Henry at Sky, said: "We were blessed in this country to see Thierry playing at his peak. "He's potentially one of the greatest players in the world and even if you supported another team, you couldn't help but enjoy watching him play." - 'Joy and adventure' - Former England striker Gary Lineker, now a BBC television presenter, wrote on Twitter: "Congratulations to @ThierryHenry on a truly wonderful career. One of the great footballers of our time and a top bloke. Bonne chance."
British television personality Piers Morgan, one of Arsenal's most high-profile fans, tweeted: "Thank you @ThierryHenry for all the goals & trophies -- and the sheer, majestic glory of the way you played football. What a career." Writing in the Daily Telegraph, British football writer Henry Winter said: "He loved playing, dribbling, running, scoring, and his example suffused countless impressionable young fans with an awareness that the game should be about joy and adventure." Henry's time at Barcelona brought him the Champions League trophy that had eluded him at Arsenal, as well as two league titles, the Copa del Rey, the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup. A message on the club's website concluded: "Merci, Henry!" Not all of the reaction to Henry's retirement was positive, however, owing to his handball in a World Cup qualifying play-off against the Republic of Ireland in 2009 that helped France qualify at Ireland's expense. "There are a few greats who spoil that with what they do," former Ireland midfielder Rory Delap told BBC Radio 5 Live. "I'm sure he regrets that. There is still a lot of feeling back home."
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