Tributes Roll In After Thierry Henry Announces Soccer Retirement

Only four per cent of voters believe he is outside the top 15.

Henry was ranked 15th in an identical poll conducted by bi-weekly magazine France Football in 2004.

As the tributes continued to pour in for Henry, Gunners midfielder Theo Walcott, who made his debut for the north London club a year before Henry departed the first time, said he was truly inspired by his former team-mate.

England winger Walcott posted a photograph of himself with Henry from their playing days together below a tweet, which read: "A true inspiration to me in my career. Thank you @Thierryhenry & good luck in your new path with @skysports"

Sky Sports pundit Chris Kamara, who will work alongside Henry when he takes up his position next year, tweeted: "Seen on @SkySportsNewsHQ Arsene Wenger's best ever signing @ThierryHenry officially retired, thanks for the memories"

Gunners and Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil posted a fitting tribute as he took to Twitter to say: "Once you enchanted all of us – now I can only say: Thanks for everything! @ThierryHenry £ArsenalLegend"

Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) president Frederic Thiriez lauded Henry as a "legend".

"The English have made a statue of him, but in France he has not always been recognised at his full worth," said Thiriez on the LFP website.

"With his extraordinary list of honours and his record of international goals, Thierry Henry will nonetheless remain a legend. He was an exceptional striker. Simply the best!"

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas, who played alongside Henry for four years at the Gunners, listed his former team-mate as "a true legend".

Above a photograph of the duo in a post-match interview from their playing days, the Spain international wrote on Twitter: "Sad to see the end to the career of one of the best players I've ever played with. A true legend @thierryhenry!"

QPR midfielder Joey Barton, who came up against Henry whilst at Manchester City before the former France striker moved to Barcelona, Tweeted: "Thierry Henry retires. What a player. £bestiveeverbeenonthesamepitchas"

On their official website, Arsenal brought attention to their 'Greatest 50 Players' list which named Henry at number one.

The list, which was 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.

The Gunners also paid tribute to Henry as they posted some memorable quotes from the man himself in a section on their website entitled; 'Thierry Henry: A career in quotes'.

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