Thierry Henry celebrates goal

Thierry Henry says he had depression throughout his playing career

Thierry Henry celebrates goalHenry scored 175 Premier League goals for Arsenal in two spells between 1999 and 2012

Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry says he “must have been in depression” during his playing career.

The 46-year-old scored a club record 228 goals in 377 games for the Gunners and won the World Cup in 1998 and Euro 2000 with France.

“Throughout my career, and since I was born, I must have been in depression,” Henry told the Diary of a CEO podcastexternal-link.

“Did I know it? No. Did I do something about it? No. But I adapted to a certain way.”

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Henry is now coach of France’s Under-21s, also worked on Belgium’s coaching staff and managed Monaco before taking charge at Montreal Impact in late 2019.

He says there was a period early in the coronavirus pandemic where he was “crying almost every day”.

“You’ve got to put one foot [forward] and another one and walk,” he said. “That’s what I’ve been told since I’m young.

“I never stopped walking – [if I had] then maybe I would have realised [about health struggles]. Covid – I stopped walking. I couldn’t. Then you start to realise.”

The former Juventus, Monaco and Barcelona striker added: “I was in isolation in Montreal, and not being able to see my kids for a year was tough.

“Tears were coming alone. Why I don’t know, but maybe they were there for a very long time.”

Henry said his relationship with his father, who he says was critical of his performances, may have impacted him.

He said his father was “very particular at times on how I was as a player”.

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“As a little boy it was always ‘you didn’t do that well’,” he said.

“So obviously when you hear that more often than not, that’s what’s going to stay.”

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