What did Thierry Henry learn from NBA great Michael Jordan?

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Henry always wants to win
Henry always wants to win.

Thierry Henry is one of the most celebrated footballers of recent years, with a playing career to rival that of his peers.

But the New York Red Bulls striker hasn't got to where he is today without a steely determination on the field:

"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," he told

And the veteran Frenchman revealed that he gained his never-say-die attitude from an unlikely source:

"I know it's not easy at times but what I used to love about Michael Jordan is not the points that he scored or the ESPN highlights for his career...even when he scored a basket in the dying minute of the game, or he when he was about to win a title, his attitude," said Henry.

Jordan was dominating the NBA with the Chicago Bulls long before Henry became one of the leading finishers in Europe .

And Jordan's ferocious on court attitude clearly rubbed of on Henry in a career that spanned from North London, and the Nou Camp, to New York city:

"I rarely saw Michael Jordan smile.

"Even when he won at the buzzer, he wanted it all so when the season was over he still had that fighting face on him," explained Henry.

Channeling the winning mentality of Jordan has clearly helped Henry to date, with the 36-year old having secured six league titles, thirteen domestic cups, and three international trophies during his career.

He will be hoping to win again when the Red Bulls face Chivas USA March 30.

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