5 years ago today (9 January 2012), The King Thierry Henry returned to Arsenal and scored the late and only goal to beat Leeds in The FA Cup 3rd round. His goal on his second debut for the club was almost written in the stars for the Arsenal legend. Henry described the feeling as amazing and the first time he had scored for the club as a fan, and not just a player
[footballchallenge]: a moment that always makes you smile(cry) –> Thierry Henry return vs Leeds United.
“I played in some big games for Arsenal, Barcelona, France, Juve, Monaco… nothing will ever top that night for me, nothing will ever compare. I really thought I was in a dream. I remember staying in the dressing room for two hours just contemplating. To score a goal again for Arsenal was out of this world.”
“I do not understand how there are people who can doubt Messi. It seems crazy to me seeing them asking ‘what happened to Messi?’ when he doesn’t score in a game. He’s a great player, a good person and an example to follow, it doesn’t matter against whom he’s playing.“ - Thierry Henry
Conquer the fear of death and you will know the death of fear.
A few days ago, the King —Thierry Henry— retired from football. Today, another French royal follows suit.
It would be superfluous to talk about Eric Abidal in the sense of awards won —though they are plenty— and victories in football. Though he has always been a dignified figure in not only his personal life and even his on-field performances carried an air of ease and quiet self-confidence; his biggest win is still in defeating an enemy that only Hercules and a few lucky others have managed to grapple with and walk away from the better.
Few moments in football, and only one in recent memory —Iniesta scoring the winning goal in the World Cup 2010 and then revealing a shirt underneath with the name of Dani Jarque, his deceased friend and former footballer who died from a heart attack at 26— could come close to the scene after Barcelona won the 2011 European Cup. In March of 2011, Abidal was diagnosed with a tumor in his liver. On the 28th of May, in that same year, Abidal played the full 90 minutes in the 3-1 Barcelona win against Manchester United in the Champions League final. If that is not remarkable, then I don’t know what is.