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Paris St Germain boss Laurent Blanc leads tributes for 'King' of France Thierry Henry

By Jim Van Wijk

Laurent Blanc believes the next generation of French footballers will struggle to truly comprehend the extent of what retiring striker Thierry Henry achieved in his playing career.

The 37-year-old confirmed yesterday he will return to London to take up a role in the media with Sky Sports "as a football expert and ambassador" from the start of 2015.

Alongside former defender Blanc and the likes of Zinedine Zidane and Didier Deschamps, Henry was part of the squad that were crowned world champions following their victory at France 1998.

Current Paris St Germain manager Blanc said: "He was a very, very good player. It's very hard for the children of today to imagine just how much Thierry Henry did across his football career.

"He did an enormous amount with the French team but of course, most of all, with Arsenal. He has left an extremely big impression at Arsenal."

Henry, who made 123 caps appearances for France scoring a record 51 goals for his country, received warm tributes from Arsenal. On their official website, the Gunners brought attention to their 'Greatest 50 Players' list which named Henry at number one.

The list, determined by tens of thousands of Gunners fans from across the world in 2008, has Dennis Bergkamp in second place, with Tony Adams, Ian Wright and Patrick Vieira rounding off the top five.

Gunners winger Theo Walcott said he was truly inspired by his former team-mate while ex-Arsenal hero Ian Wright tweeted a photograph of Henry with a simple message saying: "The king."

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas, who played alongside Henry for four years at the Gunners, listed his former team-mate as "a true legend and one of the best players I've ever played with."

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