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5 legends who defined the clubs that they played for

  • These players are absolutely synonymous with the clubs that they represented!
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Modified 01 Apr 2020, 17:29 IST

#4 Thierry Henry (Arsenal, 1999 to 2007, 2012)

Arsenal v Leeds United - FA Cup Third Round

Thierry Henry evolved into a deadly striker at the North-London club. He became a nightmare for the opposition defence as he tormented them and went on to score goals at will.

He rapidly went up the 'greatest at Arsenal' list, but he consolidated his stand right on top when he helped the then Highbury outfit to go through an undefeated season to deserve the name of “The Invincibles”, winning both the Premier League and the reputed Golden Boot award.

However, the legend of the Frenchman from Monaco isn’t about the cups and the championships that he won at Arsenal. He went beyond his boundaries to secure his status of a legend.

He is neither the best forward to don a pair of boots, nor is he the most skilful passer ever. Although he played as a No. 9, he was not even the best when it came to heading the ball, and a striker who cannot head the ball is not contemplated as a pure goal scorer. He was never compared to the great Brazillian, Pele or Diego Maradona or even his national teammate Zidane, yet Thierry Henry created his own cult.

He has always been about revamping and his transformation from a starlet in Monaco to Arsenal FC's greatest player ever is nothing short of fabled. His primary strength has been his jaw-dropping pace and he has used that to plunder oppositions. He has always been too fast with the ball at his feet and even in the dusk of his career, he did things which most football players couldn’t even dream about.

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Published 26 May 2018, 21:49 IST
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