Thierry Henry, winner of the 1998 World Cup and the 2000 European Championship with the French national team and the all-time top scorer for the English football team Arsenal, revealed that he was suffering from depression during his football career and was crying almost every day at the beginning of the Corona epidemic.
Henry, who now coaches the French Olympic team, linked his suffering to his past and his search for acceptance, after growing up with a father who criticized his performance on the field.
The “Gunners” star (46 years old) said that he suffered an early bout of the Corona virus pandemic in Canada and that he was “crying almost every day.”
Speaking on the “CEO Diaries” program on Monday, Henry said: “Throughout my career, and since I was born, I must have suffered from depression.”
“I lied for a very long time because society was not ready to hear what I had to say,” he added.
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The best scorer in Arsenal’s history (228 goals) confirmed that this problem accompanied him throughout the years during which he shone inside the green rectangle, without him realizing it.
He continued, “I adapted to a certain way of life. In life, you have to put one foot (forward) and then the other, and walk. This is what I was told since I was young. I never stopped walking,” except for the period of the Corona virus, when “I was no longer able to walk.” “So that's when you start to realize this reality.”
Henry was on Belgium's coaching staff and coached French side Monaco before taking over at Montreal Impact in late 2019.
Henry put an end to his football career in 2014, and the former Arsenal icon found himself in Canada, away from his children, who had not left the European continent for “a year,” at the height of the health crisis while he was training Montreal Impact.