Mr. Beckham step aside, there’s a new man in town.
France striker Thierry Henry has signed for Major League Soccer side New York Red Bulls from Barcelona on a “multi-year contract”.
The former Arsenal captain, 32, is expected to make his debut for Red Bulls in a friendly against Tottenham in the United States on 22 July.
Henry signed for Barcelona in 2007 and had one year remaining on his contract but the club agreed to let him leave.
Henry said: “This marks an exciting new chapter in my career and life.”
After falling out of favour at Barcelona last season and enduring a torrid World Cup, where France failed to progress past the group stages, Henry is excited about the prospect of a new challenge in the United States.
“It is an honour to play for the New York Red Bulls,” he stated.
“I am fully aware of the team’s history and my sole goal during my time here is to help win the club its first championship.
“Knowing Red Bull’s significant commitment to soccer locally and internationally, I am confident that my team-mates and I will succeed.” (BBC Sport)
Forget David Beckham. Or at the very least try to expunge his existence from your memories, a new footballer is about to his Stateside and this time he is good! Damn good!
Becks was at one point one of the best purveyors of a good cross into the box and taking a nice set piece, but that point was about 6-8 years before LA Galaxy decided to offer the Manchester United and Real Madrid man a kings ransom to promote the MLS, it was a dream move that was always doomed to failure, and make no mistake, a failure is what it was.
Thierry Henry is however the real deal. Clearly he is not the striker he once was. He isn’t the same legendary player that became a icon of legendary proportions at Arsenal and he isn’t the same player who burst onto the scene at Barcelona and helped the Catalan giants to a treble in his second season.
He may be 32 years of age but he is ultra fit so should hopefully be able to steer clear of significant injury and will probably not elect to belittle the American ‘Soccer’ League by seeking to play on the continent for half the year and therefore make it less likely he is ready for the MLS battle, take note David Beckham. He is still in possession of the turn of pace, the trickery and the divine footballing ability to be a super hero in MLS terms.
So much so that however much he is being paid, he is more than worth it. To top it all off he is also damn good for marketing purposes, perhaps even more so than Mr. Beckham. TH14, as his Gunners faithful still refer to him, is an intelligent, attractive and perhaps most importantly, has a seemingly pretty spotless past, aside from that handball controversy against Ireland. He is one of the faces of Gillette and will surely rake in the sponsor dollars by the bucketload. By all accounts he is also a very nice man as well.