Thierry Henry had the fortune of playing with some incredible players during his career.
If he was ever asked to name his dream XI of former teammates, the Frenchman could call upon the likes of Lionel Messi, Zinedine Zidane, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Andres Iniesta, Ronaldinho and Patrick Vieira.
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The greatest players get to play with the superstars, and Henry can certainly be considered a great. He enjoyed his finest years at Arsenal but added the Champions League to his resume at Barcelona, and also won the World Cup and European Championship with France.
A move to Barcelona in 2007 afforded Henry the opportunity to play with some legendary players, most of whom were a step above the level at Arsenal.
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Arsene Wenger surrounded the striker with plenty of talent in north London, including Dennis Bergkamp and Robert Pires. So it’s pretty impressive that Henry has still managed to identify two players who he wishes he had the chance to play alongside.
Those two players are Steven Gerrard and Paul Scholes.
Imagine Henry, Gerrard and Scholes in one team
Can you imagine how many goals Henry would have scored if he had those two behind him? He probably would have broken every goalscoring record in sight.
Henry was speaking to Sky Sports on the day that Gerrard announced his retirement from football. He had nothing but praise for the Liverpool legend.
"I will say alongside Scholes, he is the player that I would have liked to have played with,” Henry said, via the Mirror.
"He's one of those guys, the one who they say who could do anything on the pitch and do it well, Stevie G was him. A header, a free-kick, an assist or a tackle, everything was done well.
"At times, he was underrated, he was just an amazing, amazing player."
Danny Murphy: Gerrard was the best
The tributes have flooded in for the ex-Liverpool and LA Galaxy midfielder, with Danny Murphy going as far as to call him the best midfielder he’s ever seen.
"He’ll go down in the top three players ever to play for Liverpool – if not the best," Murphy, who played with Gerrard at Anfield, is quoted by the Mirror as telling talkSPORT.
“Ability-wise he was the best midfielder I’ve ever seen. He was the best I played with, for sure. He had the ability to do anything on the pitch.
“He played full-back in his early days, he played on the right wing for one season under Benitez and wasn’t best pleased, but still scored more than 20 goals.
“Then he played as a number ten behind Torres and really took to that role, even though everyone said he was a holding midfielder.
“He will be forever remembered at that football club for what he achieved.”
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