Let us walk down memory lane to 13 years ago when Thierry Henry delivered one of his last great performances for Arsenal against Real Madrid.
As one of the most dominant forces in European football right now, it’s hard to think of a Real Madrid squad that didn’t win a single trophy for more than a decade and Thierry Henry was one of the players who can say he has a history as one of Los Blancos’ great executioners.
We are talking about prime Thierry Henry, the same striker who used to score over 30 goals per season at Arsenal and won two Golden Shoes during his amazing run with the Gunners.
This player was arguably amongst the best players in the world during his best years, he is one of the few players who denied the mythical Galacticos a chance to play the Champions League final and he did it in spectacular fashion.
There are two specific magical nights that Thierry Henry lived at the Santiago Bernabeu, one is very remembered due to the dominating 6-2 victory that Barcelona had against Los Blancos in the historic 2008-09 season.
The other one is not as remembered, but this was arguably one of Thierry Henry’s career-defining moments and quite possibly the reason the Catalan club decided to sign him one year later to play for FC Barcelona.
📅 13 Years Ago Today:
🏴 …becoming the FIRST EVER English side to beat @RealMadrid at the Bernabéu.
🔥 @ThierryHenry produced one of the all time great goals of his career.
👏 What. A. Performance. pic.twitter.com/mGvKPFYbQp
— SPORF (@Sporf) February 21, 2019
Today marks the 13th year since that magical moment that Thierry Henry lived in the Champions League whilst still playing for Arsenal, we all know that the French forward never really had too many great moments with the Gunners in this competition and this is by far the most exciting for him.
Los Blancos were coming pretty strong in a season that was filled with many great players such as Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo Nazario, David Beckham, and Raul Gonzalez Blanco.
They no longer had Luis Figo on their ranks as the Portuguese winger left to play for Internazionale Milano in 2005.
These were the legendary Galacticos that never won a Champions League trophy all together, but they sure were a very scary squad to face back in the day.
Arsenal was also one of the best clubs in Europe at the moment, they still had Thierry Henry at his best but they were past that era of the ‘Invincibles’ when they were unbeatable for a straight 49 games in the Premier League between 2002 and 2004.
Manager Arsene Wenger was already satisfied with what he had done in the domestic competitions, all he cared about by this point was to win that elusive Champions League trophy and the closest he got was during that 2005-06 season with Henry at his very best.
El golazo de Thierry Henry al Real Madrid en el Bernabéu por los octavos de final de la UEFA Champions League 2005-2006. Hoy, 13 años de esa jugada inolvidable. pic.twitter.com/ux02CLWThc
— Francisco Fanego (@FrancisFFanego7) February 21, 2019
The Gunners got a negative result during the first leg of the tournament’s Round of 16, Los Blancos were supposed to have an easy match at home against the Gunners but Thierry Henry was the star of the match in a Santiago Bernabeu Stadium that saw him score one of the most amazing solo efforts of his career and a deafening silence followed right after that moment.
Every single FC Barcelona fan was happy for this moment because they knew that facing Los Blancos would’ve been a lot more difficult than facing the Gunners at Parc des Princes in that final, it was all thanks to that insane Thierry Henry moment that will remain in his memory until the day he dies.
We celebrate this beautiful moment exactly 13 years after it happened, it came from one of the best French strikers in football history.
Unfortunately for Henry, he wasn’t able to win the Champions League that season for Arsenal but he went on to be part of arguably the best FC Barcelona ever and one of the best squads in football history at club level.
We salute this career-defining moment from the man himself, French forward Thierry Henry.
Esta joya de Thierry Henry en el Santiago Bernabéu cumple hoy 13 años 🎩 pic.twitter.com/3RguSabFmB
— Sphera Sports (@SpheraSports) February 21, 2019
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