Thierry Henry Reportedly Set to Give Belgium Assistant Coach Wage to Charity

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistSeptember 1, 2016

Belgium's national team assistant coach Thierry Henry arrives to a training session, three days before their football match against Spain, in Neerpede on August 29, 2016. / AFP / JOHN THYS        (Photo credit should read JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)
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Belgium coach Thierry Henry is to reportedly donate his annual salary of around €50,000 (£42,350) from his new role.

That’s according to Sport/Foot Magazine (h/t Mark Rodden of ESPN FC), who noted the gesture is motivated by the fact the former Arsenal and Barcelona forward feels privileged to be working with the Belgium team, who are second in the FIFA world rankings.

In addition, Henry, who was appointed to manager Roberto Martinez’s coaching staff last week, is continuing his work with Sky Sports as a pundit and earning a healthy amount. According to Rodden, he’ll pick up a cool £4 million per year for his duties with the broadcaster.

Henry (centre) has been working alongside Martinez (right) in the Belgium setup.
Henry (centre) has been working alongside Martinez (right) in the Belgium setup.JOHN THYS/Getty Images

Chelsea and Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi has already hailed the impact Henry has had in the national team’s first gathering under the new regime:

Michy Batshuayi @mbatshuayi

Not sure I ever listened to my parents like this 😂😂😂 #Titi #LearnFromTheBest https://t.co/kG3QV5xhLm

Belgium are seeking to improve on the international stage after a disappointing performance at the 2016 UEFA European Championship. Despite possessing a clutch of talented individuals, the side failed to jell under Martinez’s predecessor, Marc Wilmots, and were eliminated by Wales in the quarter-finals of the competition.

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Henry, rated as one of the finest players of his generation and arguably Arsenal’s best player of all time, is a figure who can help instil some missing winning mentality into the setup.


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