Barcelona star Lionel Messi has praised Thierry Henry on his Facebook page.
Henry hung up his boots after a 20 year career which saw the Frenchman become one of the most deadly strikers in the world.
He spent three seasons at Barcelona during which he scored 35 goals in 80 La Liga appearances. Messi and Henry played alongside each other as the Blaugranas completed a historic treble in the 2008/09 season.
Messi said: “My friend, Thierry Henry, I will never forget the amazing moments we have experienced together. I was really lucky to play with you and I wish you all the best. A hug.”
Henry started out at Monaco before a short, unsuccessful stint in Italy with Juventus. A £10.5m move to London saw the transformation of Henry from a winger to a striker and he sits joint fourth on the list of Premier League goal scorers, alongside Frank Lampard, with 175 goals in 258 games.
He completed a £16m move to Barca in 2007 and won two La Liga titles in a row alongside Messi in an all-conquering side that also won the European Super Cup and the Club World Cup in addition to the treble.
Messi enjoyed his breakthrough years at the Camp Nou alongside Henry, the diminutive forward made 94 appearances in La Liga while Henry was at the club and improved every season with 67 goals in that time.
After three seasons at Barcelona, Henry moved on a free transfer to MLS side New York Red Bulls and bagged 51 goals and 35 assists in 122 appearances.
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