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Former Arsenal and Barcelona star Thierry Henry announces his retirement from professional football

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Thierry Henry in action for New York Red Bulls, the last side he represented.

French football legend Thierry Henry has announced his retirement from professional football and has revealed that he will be returning to London as he prepares to take up his new role as a football pundit for Sky Sports.

Writing on his official Facebook page, the former Arsenal and Barcelona star said, “After 20 years in the game I have decided to retire from professional football.”

“It has been an incredible journey and I would like to thank all the fans, teammates 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,” he added.

“It is now time for a different career path and I am pleased to say that I will be returning to London and joining Sky Sports. 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. See you on the other side... “

Henry is one of the greatest strikers to have graced the game of football and was voted as the runner-up for the FIFA Player of the Year twice. Speaking of honours, the 37-year-old has several trophies to look back and celebrate in his bag including two Premier League titles. two La Liga titles, one Champions League trophy. He is also France’s all-time leading goalscorer and helped them win the FIFA World Cup in 1998.

The announcement of Henry’s retirement comes after he signed a new deal with Sky worth up to £25 million and will see him join former Manchester United skipper Gary Neville and ex-Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher as a pundit and co-commentator.