Every athlete loses a step. In fútbol especially, unless you’re Zidane or Ryan Giggs (or even Gio van Bronckhorst) the difference between mid-20s-prime and early 30s-breakdown is even more glaring, given the game’s reliance on youth.
For Thierry Henry, after trading North London for Barcelona in 2007, the Arsenal legend has been on a slow decline towards obscurity, his presence fading in the shadows of teammates Samuel Eto’o, Lionel Messi, and now, David Villa. He even failed to feature in any of France’s starting lineups in this past World Cup. And so, naturally, following in the footsteps of another waning star, Henry is headed to the MLS to be a European giant among his American teammates.
His skills diminished and confidence lacking, the Red Bulls won’t be getting the deadly finisher who terrorized English defenses. But the 2003 World Player of the Year runner-up, two-time European Golden Boot winner, and goalscoring machine behind the unbeaten “The Invincibles” could conjure some past magic given the weaker opposition.
Something sort of like this: