French striker Thierry Henry may leave Barcelona next summer to play for the New York Red Bulls, a Spanish sports daily said on Friday.
Henry, 32, would like to end his career in the same country as his friend and countryman Tony Parker, who plays basketball for the San Antonio Spurs, the daily AS said, without indicating its sources.
Spanish media have previously reported that Henry, who arrived at Barca from English side Arsenal in 2007, does not plan to stay at the Spanish and European champions beyond the summer of 2010. (Fox Sports)
Well this is interesting and its speculation that may well have more than a ounce of probability to it. Having finally collected the Champions League winners medal he so coveted Thierry Henry has now won it all at club level and may feel that a move to the MLS would be the next big challenge that could excite him.
The fabulously talented French international has been a great success at the Camp Nou and as Barcelona boss Pepe Guardiola appears to be building the next generation of star players at the club, with the likes of Pedro, Bojan, Sergio Busquets and Jeffren Suarez just itching to get more playing time at the Catalan giants it could be that the more experienced members of the squad find themselves being phased out.
After a record breaking eight seasons at Arsenal Henry eased himself speedily into things in La Liga and after 45 goals in his first two seasons he had managed to help the club to the treble last term and whilst he still has the motivation to succeed he may naturally be thinking of this next, and possibly, last footballing transfer.
The New York Red Bulls could be a good fit for the 32 year old and if the MLS managed to pull off this coup it could turn out to be a bigger success than when David Beckham made his move from Spain to LA Galaxy. Arguably in footballing terms Henry has far more to offer than Becks did as Thierry is still very much on a high in his playing career and whilst he may not carry the glitz and glamour of ‘Brand Beckham’ he has however a mountain of silverware, awards and plaudits to his name that far outweigh what the England international has achieved.
A move for Henry therefore would be a good one both in terms of style and substance as the former Juventus and Monaco man is just as marketable both on and off the field of play.