Arsenal hero Thierry Henry says former player Dennis Bergkamp was his favourite ever teammate, fending off the likes of Lionel Messi, Zinedine Zidane and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, The Sun reports.
Bergkamp is one of the all-time Premier League greats, wowing supporters, pundits and fellow players on numerous occasions for his audacious skillset and fabulous ball control.
And he was not a bad finisher either, scoring 87 Premier League goals in 315 appearances for the Gunners in 11 seasons in North London after joining the club from Inter Milan in 1995.
Henry has played with a number of world-class players in his time, including Barcelona superstar Messi, France World Cup winner Zidane and Paris Saint-Germain striker Ibrahimovic.
But when quizzed on his favourite ever, the Arsenal hero named his former Highbury strike partner.
“Because of longevity, and because I saw him every day in training for seven years, Dennis Bergkamp," Henry explained. "He was always doing what the game was asking him to do.
“I admired how Dennis was always trying to respect the game. He could score, but he could also pass and wait for the right moment. He was always trying to respect the game when he could do other stuff.
“I respected him a lot for that but also the way he trained. The way he used to train was just not normal. The guy didn’t want to lose the ball; he would foul you, get in your face. He wants to be first in the run.”
The now-46-year-old had a glittering career in North London, winning three Premier League titles, three Community Shields and four FA Cups before retiring in 2006.
Bergkamp is remembered fondly not just by Arsenal supporters but Premier League observers in general, twice winning goal of the season and being named PFA Players’ Player of the Year in 1998.
The former Dutch international was schooled in Total Football, and his philosophy was based around unselfish play and striking on-field partnerships with his teammates.
Messi may be the best player Henry has ever shared a pitch with, yet for seven years Arsenal's all-time top scorer was so often the beneficiary of Bergkamp’s creative brilliance.