Kevin-Prince Boateng Brilliantly Explains The Big Influence Thierry Henry Had On Him
Kevin-Prince Boateng has told Thierry Henry the huge influence the Frenchman had on his career, and his two sons, the Arsenal legend's iconic socks around the knees look.
Henry is one of the greatest players in the Premier League era and probably the best import in the league's history, with 175 goals to his name in his time in England.
Every player would be right to want to be anything like Henry was on the pitch and Boateng revealed in a brilliant Instagram Live chat how he influenced the German's career, but it was more about the aesthetic and his rolled up socks.
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Henry moved to the Premier League in 1999 after just one year in Serie A with Juventus, where he had failed to impress as a left winger, but didn't take too long to adapt to life in England.
He scored 17 goal in the league in his first season with the Gunners and the same again in the following season before helping Arsene Wenger's side capture the title in the 2001/02 season with 24 goals.
The Frenchman's best season in north London for goals scored came in 2003/04 when he bagged 30 goals in 37 games in the league as Arsene Wenger's side won the title without losing a single game.
Boateng was clearly inspired by the talented and magical former Barcelona forward and he wasn't the only one it seems, as Paul Scholes revealed.
The Manchester United midfielder explained how his teammate at the time Ruud van Nistelrooy became almost obsessed with his rival striker. "I played number 10 with Ruud van Nistelrooy for a season and I loved it. He's just a ruthless, ruthless goalscorer. He just lived for scoring goals," the Englishman told the Utd Podcast.
"Whenever he did score or didn't score, the first thing he would do when we got on the team bus after the game was see if Thierry Henry scored.
"If Thierry Henry had scored he wouldn't talk to anybody for the full trip home because he was so engrossed in being the leading goalscorer, not just at United but in the league, in the world, everywhere."
With his style and his brilliance on the pitch it is no surprise that Henry inspired plenty of players, and maybe Boateng's kids will go on to be another generation with the Frenchman as their idol, which might be a bit of a blow to the Ghanaian.