Ex-Arsenal midfielder Alex Song has hailed Arsenal legend Thierry Henry as 'The King', following the Frenchman's decision to announce his retirement from football on Tuesday.
Song, who is currently on loan at West Ham, spent two years playing alongside the 37-year-old at Arsenal between 2005 and 2007, in which time he claims to have learnt a lot from the Gunners record goalscorer.
And the Cameroon international is adamant that the game will miss Henry, as he embarks on a new career as an ambassador for Sky Sports - a job which he is sure to flourish in.
Song could not speak highly enough of his former Gunners colleague, insisting that the world of football will miss him as both a player and character.
The ex-Arsenal midfielder told the Daily Mail: "For me, I call him the King. He was unbelievable. An amazing player and a great man.
"I knew him from when I was 17 and I learned a lot from him. Even know he'll say to me you need to this and do that.
"So today, we miss a very big player. Not just here in England but in the world. Everybody knows his face. The things he did for football were good. So I just like to say thank you to him for everything.
"He achieved a lot of things in football. That's why I call him the King."
THE KING LEAVES HUGE MARK ON THE GAME
The former Monaco man will almost certainly remain mostly associated with Arsenal, despite the incredible mark he made for both Barcelona and New York Red Bulls, as well as on the international stage.
Henry is Arsenal's record goalscorer, having netted an unbelievable 226 times for the North London club - with 175 Premier League goals putting him joint-fourth on the all-time list behind only Alan Shearer, Andy Cole and Wayne Rooney.
He has won the World Cup with France, for whom he also holds the goalscoring record, having bagged 51 goals in 123 appearances. An elusive Champions League title also finally arrived during his time at Barcelona, effectively giving the enigmatic striker a clean sweep of major honours at the highest level.
The sporting icon will join Sky Sports from the start of 2015, where he will become an ambassador of the sport, working alongside other footballing experts; such as Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher, Graeme Souness and Jamie Redknapp.
All of the experts mentioned were delighted to hear of Henry's decision to join them at Sky Sports, and all heaped praise upon the Premier League legend.
“Defenders everywhere will be breathing a sigh of relief that he has hung his boots up, he was certainly the toughest opponent I ever faced and possibly the best player the Premier League has seen. I would have loved him to be on the same team as me during my playing career, I’m delighted we’re finally on the same side," Carragher said.
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