Thierry Henry remembers Lionel Messi goal that made him think ‘that’s not normal’

Barcelona's French forward Thierry Henry

Thierry Henry is arguably the greatest player in the history of Arsenal Football Club - as well as the best footballer of the Premier League era.

The French striker was extraordinary during his eight years in England, scoring 226 goals in 369 appearances for the Gunners and winning a host of major honours in the process.

He could have seen out the rest of his career at the Emirates Stadium, where he is still idolised by the club’s fans, but couldn’t turn down the opportunity to sign for Barcelona in 2007.

It was at the Camp Nou where Henry saw the genius of a certain Lionel Messi first-hand.

Henry had probably never felt inferior to another footballer during his illustrious career, until he came face-to-face with the player many football fans regard as the greatest of all time.

The Frenchman, who is currently in charge of AS Monaco, spent three seasons playing alongside Messi.

And in the brilliant new film ’Take The Ball, Pass The Ball’ - based on Pep Guardiola’s four-year spell in charge of the Catalan giants - Henry recalls the Messi moment that made him think ‘that’s not normal’.

“The best goal I’ve seen him score was against Malaga at home because that defied logic what he did,” Henry began.


“Diagonal ball, he controls it on his chest, runs full speed.

“First player goes, second player is just behind. He takes another step, that player can clear the ball.


“If he’s got the ball on his left foot here, how do you go back with that same leg and touch the ball in the air, in between the two to make sure that guy doesn’t touch it - and then almost fail but smash it into the top corner.

“That’s not normal.”


You can watch the goal in all its glory here…

You can see where Henry is coming from. To move the ball that quickly in between two defenders is outrageous.

Messi has scored many unbelievable goals during his illustrious career - including his famous Diego Maradona-esque solo effort against Getafe from 2007 - but it’s the goal against Malaga which Henry will never forget.

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The fact Messi is able to leave other world-class footballers open-mouthed in amazement is truly what sets him apart from the rest.

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