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Henry: "One day Messi will leave it all behind and football will miss him dearly"

Former Barça player doesn't rule out becoming coach

Henry: "One day Messi will leave it all behind and football will miss him dearly"
Henry: "One day Messi will leave it all behind and football will miss him dearly"

Former Barça player doesn't rule out becoming coach

Thierry Henry
Thierry Henry

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Thierry Henry hung up his boots and started his career as football analyst. His career could change in the future but in this interview at FIFA's website, he talked about his days as a player, about Messi - Cristiano and about what he thinks of the coaches...

Cristiano Ronaldo or Messi?

"I played with Leo, so you can guess my answer (laughs). I have enormous respect for Cristiano who has managed to remain at the highest level for many years – and by that I mean at an extraordinarily high level. It’s one thing to have to have a single great season, but to maintain it for so many years is something else. I don’t think we fully realise just what these guys are achieving. So, while huge respect goes to Ronaldo, having played with Messi and shared extraordinary moments with him, both in victory and defeat, it has to be Leo."

Leo Messi

"It was obvious to everyone [that Leo was special], right from the start, and you didn’t have to be an expert to see it. From the very first training session I had with him, what struck me was his desire to head for goal and score. He’d get the ball and that would be his sole focus. Leo was, and still is, special."

"There are no superlatives that haven’t already been used to describe him. We should be happy that we’re able to watch him play. One day he’ll leave it all behind and football will miss him dearly, so we should enjoy him while we can."

Ballon d'Or

"When you play football, your goal is to win team honours. You strive for that and only when your team has won and you’ve made an outstanding contribution can individual awards follow."

"I never won the Ballon d’Or but I picked up other individual accolades that were very rewarding. However, that was never my objective as I was always thinking about collective honours. That said, I personally value the long career I had at the highest level. For me, that is like a title."

Will he become coach?

"Yes, for sure but I have to go step by step. First I have to get my coaching licence, because it’s one thing knowing about football but something else entirely being able to pass that knowledge to the players and handle their egos. I have a lot to learn but, as an occupation, it would be interesting."

"When you’re a player, you do your training and you go home. When you’re a coach, you need to arrive first, prepare your training and you always have something to worry about. You’re thinking, how can I get that injured player fit again or how can I break this run of bad results? Problems end up at your door."