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Is this Thierry Henry's best goal?

Thierry Henry possesses a reputation as one of the finest goalscorers of his generation and has a catalogue of sensational strikes compiled over the past two decades.

In 834 appearances for clubs and country amassed over 18 years of professional football, Henry has found the net on 383 occasions and his latest goal, scored for New York Red Bulls, may be judged as the best of his glittering career.

Henry has been in uncharacteristically profligate form this season for the Red Bulls, but ended his goal drought - which had stretched back as far as April - with a breathtaking finish against Chicago Fire on Wednesday.

After a somewhat heavy touch on his chest taking the French veteran away from goal, Henry thrashed the ball with his left boot from an improbable angle, with the strike then thundering off the far post and into the net.

It was a goal that offered a glimpse of Henry in his heady Arsenal pomp, when he seemingly scored at will from a variety of situations and with the use of each of his legal limbs.

For sheer audacity and surprise the strike in the MLS must rank alongside the 34-year-old's iconic volley against Manchester United in 2000, when he bamboozled Fabian Barthez after assisting himself some 25 yards from goal.

He did finesse, too, as his strike against Sparta Prague to equal Ian Wright's Arsenal record of 185 goals only too readily demonstrated, with Henry caressing the ball on the half-volley past the goalkeeper in bulge inducing fashion.

When he wasn't showcasing his ability to find the net from distance, Henry was showing defences across Europe a clean pair of heels, as the Tottenham and Real Madrid sides of the time will surely testify.

If ever there was a display of the Frenchman's va-va-voom it was against Spurs at Highbury in 2002, with Henry collecting the ball in his own half and streaking towards the opposition area at Bolt-esque speed.

With Dennis Bergkamp to his left surrounded not by white shirts but by green turf, Henry instead decides to have a crack at goal himself - he did do the leg work, after all - and does so to typically potent effect.




 

This goal, however, was perhaps outshone by Henry's effort in the Santiago Bernabeu four years later as Arsenal became the first English team to win at the home of Real Madrid.

It was a goal that was characterised by strength and drive more than sheer pace and exuberance as Henry bustled his way past four white shirts before sliding the ball past Iker Casillas in typically precise fashion.

But when Henry decides to finally lower the curtain on his illustrious career, which goal will be remembered as the best he has ever scored? Perhaps none of the goals mentioned here will feature in your thinking, but we want your input.

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