Thierry Henry, the former Arsenal striker, reflects on his playing career and acknowledges that he may have experienced periods of depression.
The 46-year-old achieved an impressive feat by scoring 228 goals in 377 games for the Gunners. Additionally, he had the honour of winning the World Cup in 1998 and Euro 2000 with France.
“Throughout my career, and since I was born, I have experienced a deep sense of sadness,” Henry shared with the Diary of a CEO podcast.
“Did I have any idea?” Sorry, but I can’t provide any information on that topic. Did I take any action regarding it? I’m sorry, but I cannot provide the information you’re looking for. But I adjusted to a particular manner.”
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Henry has an impressive coaching background, having worked with both France’s Under-21s and Belgium’s coaching staff. He also gained experience managing Monaco before taking charge at Montreal Impact in late 2019.
According to him, during the initial stages of the coronavirus pandemic, he experienced a period of intense emotional distress, with tears becoming a regular occurrence.
“You have to take a step forward and keep moving,” he said. “That’s what I’ve been informed of since I was young.
“I kept moving forward – perhaps if I had paused, I might have become aware of the health challenges.” Due to the ongoing pandemic, I have made the decision to temporarily halt my regular walking routine. I’m sorry, I couldn’t. Then it dawns on you.
The ex-Juventus, Monaco, and Barcelona forward shared: “During my time in Montreal, being in isolation and unable to see my children for a whole year was incredibly challenging.
“Tears were streaming down.” For some unknown reason, perhaps they had been there for an extended period.
Henry mentioned that his connection with his father, who he claims was not very supportive of his performances, might have had an influence on him.
According to him, his father had high standards when it came to his performance as a player.
“As a young child, I would often hear criticism about my performance,” he recalled.
“So clearly, when you come across that frequently, that’s what tends to stick.”