Thierry Henry Voted The Best Foreign Player In Premier League History
Thierry Henry, the Premier League's greatest ever foreign import, celebrates his 42nd birthday today.
Henry made the move to these shores from Juventus in a £11 million, club record deal for Arsenal. The iconic French striker went on to become the club's all-time leading goalscorer and the rest is well, history.
Henry is the only player ever to have won the FWA Footballer of the Year three times, becoming his country's all-time top scorer while securing his place in football history.
And can we also just give a special mention to the iconic glove/long sleeve/socks to knees combo?
250,000 people voted for the 41-year-old in a Sky Sports poll, with pundits Alan Shearer, Alan Smith and Chris Sutton all agreeing with the decision.
"For longevity in the Premier League and the number of appearances he made and the goals he scored, Henry is up there." said Shearer.
"Henry has all the numbers. There was elegance to everything he did. I wonder how many fans around the world watch the Premier League because of Thierry Henry. He was the complete package, an incredible footballer and a marketing manager's dream. He took your breath away with what he did." added Smith.
"Henry is the greatest ever player in the Premier League. What he brought in terms of people paying to watch him play, he is the one. He got the crowd off their seats and what could he not do? He was a phenomenal player." finished Sutton.
Last year we gave SPORTbible's audience four options in an online poll to determine the greatest Premier League striker of all time.
After much debate, the likes of Didier Drogba, Michael Owen and Andy Cole missed out as the Premier League's all-time top scorer Alan Shearer joined Thierry Henry, Sergio Aguero and Wayne Rooney.
Over 20,000 SPORTbible fans voted for their personal favourite and the former Barcelona striker came out on top with 49% of the vote.
:raised_hands: Thierry Henry has officially been voted as the greatest Premier League striker of all time!- SPORTbible (@sportbible) October 22, 2018
:bust_in_silhouette: 376 Appearances
:soccer: 228 Goals
:dart: 74 PL Assists
:trophy: x2 Premier League
:medal: Most PL assists in a season (20) https://t.co/kyfLd8S7xo
Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer came in second with 36% of votes, while Wayne Rooney and Sergio Aguero lagged behind with 11% and 4%, respectively.