After 20 years in the game as a player, Thierry Henry has decided to retire from professional football.

“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,” Mr Thierry announced on Tuesday in a facebook post on his wall.

Henry will now be returning to London to join Sky Sports. The 37 year old global sporting icon will work across Sky Sports’ unrivalled schedule of live international, European and domestic football, joining a line-up of football experts that includes Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher, Jamie Redknapp and Graeme Souness.

“I will hopefully share some of the insights, observations and experiences I have learnt over the years with you guys. 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 added.

Henry lifted more than 35 major individual and team trophies including the World Cup and European Championship for France, the Champions League and La Liga with Barcelona, the Premier League and FA Cup at Arsenal, the French League at Monaco and the MLS Shield with the New York Red Bulls.

He is Arsenal’s all-time leading goalscorer and was part of the ‘Invincibles’ side who went 49 games unbeaten in 2003/04. Henry joined Barcelona in 2007 becoming part of the Josep Guardiola side that won six major trophies in one year, a feat never achieved before, including a Spanish domestic treble and a UEFA Champions League triumph over Manchester United.

He has spent the last four seasons playing for New York Red Bulls in the MLS, lifting the Shield in 2013 and being named on the MLS All-star team in all four seasons. He made his final appearance for New York Red Bulls on Saturday November 29.

Selected career achievements
• World Cup (1998)
• European Championship (2000)
• Champions League (2009)
• European Golden Boot (2004, 2005)
• Spanish League (2009, 2010)
• English Premier League (2002, 2004)
• FA Cup (2002, 2003, 2005)
• French League (1997)

Additional reporting by Agencies

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