When Thierry Henry saw Manchester City win the Champions League, it made him want to come back to soccer for the first time since he quit.
Thierry Henry admits return after Man City win Champions League
Henry, 45, retired from soccer in 2014 after a long and successful career with Arsenal. He says he has never watched a game and wished he was playing until now.
He was right on the field in Istanbul to cover the Champions League final for US.Manchester City, led by Henry’s old coach at Barcelona, Pep Guardiola, won 1-0 over Inter Milan to finish off a historic treble. There were tears and cheers.
Henry never won the best prize for a European club team, and his first thought was that he wished he could go back and play again.
“I don’t usually miss the field, and I don’t usually look at the game and think. “Oh, I wish I could have been there,” Henry said.
“This is the first time in my life, since I stopped playing football, that I’ve been at a game and thought, “I wish I was celebrating.”
When Kate Abdo asked, “Why this game?” he said, “Because it’s a treble.” It’s not that simple. It’s a triple, it’s Pep Guardiola’s second one, you beat your rival in the semi-final of the cup, and you had to chase Arsenal all year.
“I’m so happy. Everything about this moment was hard: the pressure, the pain, and the fact that everyone said Man City couldn’t do it and questioned Pep, but they showed up.
“Yes, it wasn’t the best game we’ve ever seen, but you’ll always remember these scenes and times. Before the game, the fans were a little worried, but look what happened.