What Does Thierry Henry's Future Hold After France's World Cup Failure?
The implosion that we call the French national team is still being talked about in most football circles.
Their talismanic striker Thierry Henry saw far less playing time than during their last run, in which they reached the finals and bowed out on penalties to Italy.
With such a disastrous run for his country in what will probably be his last chance at World Cup glory, what does the future hold for one of the deadliest strikers to ever play the game?
Notice someone missing? Henry only started 15 times last season for his club, and with the addition of David Villa to their squad, it looks as if Henry's days are finally over at the Nou Camp.
While his first two seasons saw him score many goals despite his declining pace, it has become obvious he is not the striker that once terrified all of Europe and may not even ply his trade on the continent next season.
Henry has stated multiple times his desire to one day live and play in America, but only after he had accomplished everything he could in Europe.
With a World Cup medal, a Euro medal, multiple league medals, and his long coveted Champions League medal in hand, perhaps the time is now for him to move across the ocean.
He already participates in Steve Nash's annual summer tournament of stars of multiple sports from around the world and has declared his fondness for New York City.
This means that the Red Bulls will be the front runner to sign him and follow the momentum that the US national team has created this summer.
When Henry left Arsenal, it marked the end of an era for not only the club, but also on a personal level for Henry and his relationship with manager Arsene Wenger.
Wenger developed Henry into arguably the greatest striker to ever play in England, and while it was the right thing for both the club and Henry to part ways, now that he is once again a free agent, maybe a stay in England to lead his former club and retire there will be the path Henry chooses.
While he is not the player he once was, he can still bring his wealth of experience and steely resolve to a club that at too many times last season lost their composure and fell prey to other big clubs.
West Ham United
One of the stranger rumors to come out this summer is that West Ham United want Henry to join the Hammers over the window.
They are definitely not a bad club and could benefit from Henry's presence, but it is a very unlikely transfer to occur.
White Hart Lane is always buzzing around transfer time, and this summer is no exception. With their promotion to the Champions League, Harry Redknapp is looking for extra firepower for his very good squad.
Henry would be quite the man to sign to complement those pacey wingers and strong midfielders with his exquisite technique.
While Henry's club future is up in the air, his future with the French national team is probably done.
He is still the best striker for the French team, but it is a team that needs to move on to a new era—an era that will sadly be without Henry.
Though twilight is upon him, Thierry Henry is still one of the most recognized players in the world. He has won everywhere he has gone and etched his name into the annals of world football history.
Wherever he may go, he is sure to attract audiences and thrill the crowd with his mastery of the ball...even if he has to use his hands.