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Thierry Henry Didn't Hesitate When Asked Who Best Player He's Played With Is, It Wasn't Lionel Messi

Tom Fenton

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Thierry Henry Didn't Hesitate When Asked Who Best Player He's Played With Is, It Wasn't Lionel Messi

Thierry Henry played with some of the world's greatest ever footballers during his time as a professional.

As well as partnering Lionel Messi at Barcelona, he also was the chief beneficiary of Zinedine Zidane's superhuman creativity throughout the early to mid-2000s.

And yet, when asked who was the best he ever played with, neither came to mind. Instead, the Frenchmen picked one of his former Arsenal teammates.

When Henry arrived at Arsenal in 1999, he soon found something of a footballing kindred spirit in the form of Dennis Bergkamp.

The pair had an almost telepathic understanding in attack, with Henry assuming the role of scorer, and Bergkamp the provider.

Image Credit: PA
Image Credit: PA

The effectiveness of the partnership led Henry to recently declare - without hesitation - that "Dennis Bergkamp" was the best player he ever played alongside.

Bergkamp signed for Arsenal in 1995, with Henry added to the ranks four years later - having previously worked under Arsene Wenger at Monaco.

The former Ajax man was an exceptional forward who spent 11 successful years at Arsenal before retiring in 2006, and Bergkamps' goal against Newcastle in 2002 was voted as the best Premier League goal of all-time in 2017.

Henry and Bergkamp won two Premier League titles together at Arsenal, as well as three FA Cups during a seven-year period at Highbury.

Henry eventually left the North London club in 2007, opting to join FC Barcelona.

Image Credit: PA
Image Credit: PA

During this spell, the Frenchman would feature in one of the deadliest frontlines ever assembled, lining up alongside Messi and Samuel Eto'o.

After the arrival of Pep Guardiola, Barca would go on to lift the 2009 Champions League - in large part thanks to their supreme attack.

Messi would win his first Ballon d'Or later that year, so the fact that Henry selected Bergkamp as his best strike partner speaks volumes as to the Dutchman's true genius.

Topics: Barcelona, Lionel Messi, Dennis Bergkamp, Arsene Wenger, Zinedine Zidane, Samuel Eto'o, Arsenal, thierry henry

Tom Fenton
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