Thierry Henry Names Dennis Bergkamp as the Best Team-Mate He Ever Played with

Joe Gallagher@joesgallagherFeatured ColumnistDecember 16, 2015

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM:  Thierry Henry (R) of Arsenal celebrates scoring against Ajax with teammate Dennis Bergkamp during a pre season 'Dennis Bergkamp' testimonial match at Emirates stadium in north London, 22 July 2006. The match played in honour of Arsenal's Dutch player Dennis Bergkamp who has served the club for 11 years and will retire after the game is the first match played at the club's new stadium. AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN  (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Thierry Henry had to overlook a lot of "freaks" to name Dennis Bergkamp as the greatest player he has ever played with.

The former France, Arsenal and Barcelona star has a glittering list of ex-colleagues and was asked in a Facebook Q&A (via Joe.co.uk) to name the most talented of the lot.

"Because of longevity, and because I saw him every day in training for seven years, Dennis Bergkamp," Henry revealed. "Because he was always doing what the game was asking him to do."

The pair played together with the Gunners between 1999, when Henry joined from Juventus, and Bergkamp's retirement in 2006.

28 Nov 1999:  Thierry Henry of Arsenal celebrates his goal with team mate Dennis Bergkamp during the FA Carling Premiership match against Derby County at Highbury in London. Arsenal won 2-1. \ Mandatory Credit: Gary Prior /Allsport
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"I admired how Dennis was always trying to respect the game. He could score, but he could also pass and wait for the right moment. ... He was always trying to respect the game when he could do other stuff."

With the Dutchman as a team-mate, Henry lifted the Premier League twice while also winning three FA Cups.

"I respected him a lot for that but also the way he trained," he continued. "The way he used to train was just not normal. The guy didn't want to lose the ball; he would foul you, get in your face. He wants to be first in the run."

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Bergkamp beat some stiff competition to be named Henry's top team-mate given that the Frenchman played alongside the likes of Lionel Messi, Zinedine Zidane, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ronaldinho in his career.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 24:  Lionel Messi (L), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (C) and Thierry Henry of Barcelona celebrate after Ibrahimovic scored his team's third goal during the La Liga match between Barcelona and Xerez CD at Camp Nou stadium on April 24, 2010 in
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"But then I have to mention the freaks," Henry said. "Leo is a freak. I think you guys do not understand what the guy is doing. Him, Zizou, all these guys, you cannot do what they do because it's not humanly possible."


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