A selection of Thierry Henry’s finest quotes

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Legendary French attacker Thierry Henry has lavished the world with nearly as many wonderful quotes as brilliant passes, strikes and touches.

With the Arsenal, Barcelona and New York Red Bulls star stepping away from the playing field, we thought we’d dig up some of the finest words of Titi.

And we begin:

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  • “It’s difficult to talk about Pele because I didn’t see him.”
  • “At times I can be a pain in the neck on the field because I always want more and more and more, especially being very demanding on myself, you can imagine… how I can be with others.” (MORE)
  • “When I was younger I was trying to do what I wanted to do, not what the game wanted me to do.”
  • “I have to say that when I was young, when any politician was talking I wasn’t even interested. Maybe they were saying some nice stuff, but then if you put Michael Jordan on TV, I was interested.”
  • “People [in Europe] have the view of MLS that it’s an easy league, that you can come here and score goals and it’s going to be easy. I keep on telling them, ‘It’s not that easy.’ You have to perform, you have to show people here that you can play and they’ll give you your respect, but not before that.” (MORE)
  • “The moment I’ve got a ball at my feet, I’m happy.”

And among my favorites, on a bout of bad Red Bull defending:

The time he had on the ball, if you have a bit of talent, again, I’m not attacking anybody, but watch how he was getting the ball. Chesting it, going, 20,000 step-overs, on the spot, nobody smashed him once, like he was playing against his friends.

You can’t let him control the ball on his chest, step on it, look if someone was in the stand, take a coffee, turn, call his family, no one was answering, he left a message and then say, ‘Oh, I might cross the ball.’ He crossed it and they scored. You can’t win a game when you play like that. I’m not attacking anyone, but that was just a fact.”

Godspeed, Titi. Godspeed.