Thierry Henry: Nigerians Coronate Arsenal Legend ‘Igwe’ Of Football


Former Arsenal star, Thierry Henry was crowned the Igwe (King) of football as he fetes with core fans in Lagos at the Landmark Event Center courtesy of Guinness Nigeria PLC.

The football legend who retired in 2014 share I little bit of his experience in sport and he said Kanu Nwankwo was the best African player he’d ever played with while at Arsenal.

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“Don’t forget about Lauren I also love his game but when it comes to techniques I will give it to Kanu. I am not saying this because I am in Nigeria even if I was in another country I will say same. Kanu was very good, but he is underrated, he is so humble, nice guy, you never hear any bad thing coming from him, just positive things,” Henry told the audience.

Noting the how humble the Super Eagle’s Captain is, Henry said Nwankwo’s football skills were not accorded the wide recognition it deserved.

Thierry Henry visited the country as a campaign Ambassador for Guinness beverages. He recalled his time at Monaco with Victor Ikpeba who was also present with other Ex-Super Eagles stars, at the Landmark Event centre on Sunday.

Speaking of how he got to learn about the West African country, the 40-year old French man said.

“I first learned about Nigeria when some players came over to play in the French League like Victor Ikpeba and the late Stephen Keshi. Then I saw them at the USA 1994. I think Nigeria is a nice place and I am here to enjoy myself with the fans.”

Thierry Henry


The former Arsenal Strike explored beyond sport during his time in Nigeria as he was taught how to cook the famous Nigerian jollof rice.

Thierry Henry has played for few other football clubs such as the Monaco, Barcelona, and Juventus, his time in London is fondly remembered across the world. He is currently the assistant manager of the Belgium national team, working alongside head coach Roberto Martínez and fellow assistant Graeme Jones.

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Apart from his position as Ambassador to the beverage company, Thierry Henry was involved in other social causes including UNICEF where he appeared in a series of TV spots together with other professional footballers to promote the game on behalf of children; Henry also participated in ‘Stand Up Speak Up’ to condemn racism in football. 

Beside voluntary works, the football coach aspirant has enjoyed several endorsements in the course of his career. He has signed with top brands like Nike, Gillette, Reebok, Puma, Pepsi, Video Games, Beats, etc.