Thierry Henry- The Swollen headed egomaniac.
Posted by Sports Snob on September 14, 2006
Not one footballer in the world gets under my skin as Thierry ‘Titi’ Henry. Yes, he is a big Tit. The prodigiously talented footballer is probably the biggest egotist you will find. Never too busy to toot his own horn, Henry more often than not likes to talk up his own game at the expense of his compatriots’. Arsenal fans would like mention the significant contribution he has made to their club, but why does a man, who represents a club and a generation of ‘joga bonita’ football behave in the most condescending and hypocritcal way. I don’t read too much into his celebrations, but his post match interviews often reek of arrogance and pettiness. If he isn’t making gratuitous comments about referees, he is whining about the fixture schedule and spouting several conspiracy theories about why the powers that be are against Arsenal. Yeah, right! This drivel Henry has been dishing out for years is not news worthy anymore. It doesn’t even strike us as out of character any longer.
Arse Fans are enraged when people say that Henry is (for want of a better word), A Choker. Well, he has scored a few goals but I have seen several occasions where he has let his team down in the final third of matches- In the Champions League and countless times for France. Zidane was the fall guy for Titi’s performances. ‘You need to keep Titi as the focus’ they say. But I do recall Titi having only a cursory influence during Zidane’s absence in 2002 WC.
The Famous Rant in Paris:
Z and I were watching the Champions League final together and for the first time we thought that Henry would make us eat our words. Three minutes later, He put paid to those thoughts. He may never play for Barcelona but he certainly did his bit for the Catalans. But the bone of contention is not so much his footballing skill, admirable as it is, but his unfailing ability to carp and whine. His post match rant after the Barca game still rings in my ear because it was shockingly unprofessional (“I didn’t see Ronaldinho or Eto’o today”) and sexist (“Only women go down”). What Titi conveniently overlooked was the fact that he had cost his side the top prize in club football. He had missed two gilt-edged chances in Regulation time. Oddly enough, a month later in the World Cup in a match between France and Spain, Titi fell to the ground holding his face, writhing in pain, when replays should that Puyol had made no contact with that area. Puyol denied ever hitting his face but Henry claimed innocence. Oui, zee replays are lying. This is what the person, who is the emblem of Arsenal FC is capable of. But I was happy in a way since it exposed him for what he is – a whingeing hypocrite.
Only time will tell if Henry can someday live up to his billing and win the top prize for HIS club . Or else, he will join the pantheon of greats to have never won the Champions League!