Nowadays Thierry Henry doesn’t need to worry about debuts. Settled at New York Red Bulls he will likely never have to play for a new club ever again - but in terms of television work he has recently been on the case.
He made his punditry bow on Sky Sports for the Arsenal v Napoli game last week - and yesterday featured on Match of the Day for the first time.
He has recently been named as a pundit for the BBC’s coverage of the upcoming World Cup in Brazil so this acted as a form of dress-rehearsal if you will.
He was his usual brand of slick cool alongside the bristling Alan Shearer - in fact they made quite the double act.
But it was when commenting on the Chelsea win v Crystal Palace he said something that nabbed the ear.
Chelsea struggled to a 2-1 win over Palace despite dominating possession. They were once again woeful in front of goal with their strikers again under fire.
Fernando Torres bagged an open goal, but that was just his second Premier League goal of the season. Demba Ba only has the one goal to his name while Samuel Eto’o also has just the two goals.
When the infographic of these figures was put up on the bottom of the screen and Gary Lineker asked Henry what he thought the Arsenal legend had this to say:
“In an ideal world you would want them to score more goals but the quality that you see there, Samuel Eto’o, one of the best strikers in the history of the game. Hopefully for Chelsea they will be back scoring and I’m sure they will, they have too much quality to stay like that.”
Now I do not want to argue with Henry - but I think he has overestimated the amount of Va Va Voom Eto’o possesses.
Eto’o is a legendary striker no doubt - scoring 295 goals in his 586 game club career. He also has played in three Champions League finals - scoring in two of them.
So he is certainly one of the best in the last decade or so.
But to rate him as one of the best of all-time is to say he is on par with the likes of Pele, Eusebio, Di Stefano, Puskas, Muller and Ronaldo.
But then again, who am I to argue with a man who has scored over 400 goals in his football career?
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