Football legend Thierry Henry has announced his retirement from football at the age of 37 to start a new career at Sky Sports as a football expert and ambassador.
Henry on Tuesday admitted he will not be renewing his contract with the New York Red Bulls amid speculation he was to return to Arsenal as a veteran striker.
However, he announced via Facebook that he was to join Sky Sports’ football analysts which include the likes of Gary Neville, Jamie Redknapp Graeme Souness and Jamie Carragher.
Thierry Henry said: “It is now time for a different career path and I am pleased to say that I will be returning to London and joining Sky Sports. I’ve been fortunate enough to have had an amazing playing career with many incredible memories and now I can’t wait for the next chapter to begin.
"I played for some of the best teams in football and now I’m joining what I think is the best team in television. I’m looking forward to joining the guys and helping to provide Sky Sports viewers with the best possible analysis.”
Barney Francis, managing director at Sky Sports, added: “The best team just got better. The addition of Thierry Henry to our team of experts will help take Sky Sports’ football coverage to the next level.
"He’s played on the greatest stages, with some of the greatest players, in some of the greatest teams and for the first time, viewers can enjoy his insight and opinions throughout the football season."
In response to the news, social media users paid tribute to the French footballer using the hashtags #KingHenry and #ThierryHenry which trended in the UK for most of Tuesday. In response to the tribute, Henry tweeted.
Overwhelmed by all your messages and support. Thank you to all.
— Thierry Henry (@ThierryHenry) December 16, 2014
In advertising, Henry was most widely known as the pioneer of Renault Clio’s ‘va va voom’ marketing line, which debuted in 2001.