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Thierry Henry's brilliant backheeled assist stuns MLS

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Thierry Henry's 37-year-old legs may be a bit short of the electric pace he used to his advantage for Arsenal, but his first touch and vision remain just as magnificent as they always were. Anyone doubting that need only look at his latest game for the New York Red Bulls.

Two incredible assists

Starring in the first leg of their playoff series with DC United on Sunday afternoon, Henry received the ball in the box surrounded by three defenders. Without so much as a peak over his shoulder, he backheeled it across the box where it found Bradley Wright-Phillips, who was left with just a tap in.

His genius seemed to know no bounds as he went on to assist a second goal with an excellent long pass from midfield. But it was his cheeky back-heel that hit the headlines, in what was another epic display from the former Arsenal man.

Return of the king

It also goes some way to justifying reports linking him with a sensational return to Ligue 1 with both PSG and AS Monaco considering a move. Henry's contract with the MLS outfit expires at the end of the year and, if he can play like this, no one would begrudge him a return to European football.

He did, of course, return to Arsenal for a second spell and scored the winning goal against Leeds United in the FA Cup. However, a potential return to Arsenal, as a player, looks less than likely.

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If only football didn't involve running, Henry would still be king of north London. He could, however, still opt to retire if he can go out on a high. Winning the MLS Cup would be a fitting end to a player who has won countless accolades throughout an incredible career.

You can take a look at his brilliant first assist by clicking HERE.

His second assist can be viewed HERE.

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