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‘Crying every day’, Thierry Henry reveals battle with depression

France and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has revealed that he struggled with depression during his career.

Henry who is considered one of the greatest players in Premier League history, won two league titles with Arsenal before joining Barcelona in 2007. He won two La Liga titles and the Champions League in Spain.

Henry was part of the France squad that won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000. Arsenal’s all-time top scorer with 228 goals also played for Monaco, Juventus, and New York Red Bulls before retiring in 2014.

In an interview with The Diary Of A CEO podcast, Henry revealed that he struggled with mental health all his life.

Throughout my career, and since I was born, I must have been in depression,” Henry said.

Did I know it? No. Did I do something about it? No. But I adapted to a certain way.

“That doesn’t mean I’m walking straight, but I’m walking. You’ve got to put one foot [forward] and another one, and walk. That’s what I’ve been told since I’m young.

I never stopped walking, then maybe I would have realised. [But during] Covid I stopped walking. I couldn’t. Then you start to realise.”

The 46-year-old Henry also said he was “crying almost every day for no reason”, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

I was in isolation in Montreal, and not being able to see my kids for a year was tough,” he added.

“Tears were coming alone. Why I don’t know, but maybe they were there for a very long time. Technically, it wasn’t me, it was the young me [crying for] everything he didn’t get: approval.”

Henry also opened up about his upbringing and the way his father behaved with him.

As a little boy it was always ‘You didn’t do that well’. So obviously when you hear that more often than not, that’s what’s going to stay.”

Henry has been the head coach of France under-21s since August. He previously was the head coach of Monaco and MLS side Montreal Impact.

Sam Barton
Sam Barton
Sam Barton fell in love with football during the 98 World Cup and has been fascinated by it ever since. The tactical side of the game is what truly inspires him to think, read and write about football, making him the ideal football writer.


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