Thierry Henry has opened up about his ’emotional shock’ after leaving Arsenal for Barcelona.

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In 2007, the Frenchman departed North London to go on a new experience in Spain.

However, Henry was fighting an injury and going through a divorce with his ex-wife Claire Merry at the time of his move to Barca.

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Henry paid £8 million as a divorce settlement. The couple had a daughter together

When asked about his emotional health at the time, Henry told L’Equipe, “When I left Arsenal for Barcelona it took me a year to be well…

“I arrived injured, I’m going through a divorce, I have to learn a new system, you mix it all up, keep playing the mind.”

Being honest about mental illness was a ‘taboo’ at the time, according to the World Cup winner.

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He continued: “In my time it was much more difficult, totally taboo. Even in the group.

“You came to the locker room: ‘? Are you OK? Yes, even if things weren’t going well.

“Did you sleep well? Yes, even if it wasn’t. Are you in pain? No, even if you were in pain.”

Henry also defended former teammate Lionel Messi, who is having a difficult first season at Paris Saint-Germain after leaving his boyhood club Barcelona.

Messi has only two league goals in a season that has been abysmal by his standards.

Henry said: “When we talk about Messi or Neymar, exceptional players, we forget about this dimension too much.

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“When Lionel cried leaving Barcelona, ​​it was not scheduled. When you think that you are never going to leave somewhere and suddenly it happens, it creates an emotional shock.

“People say: ‘Yes, but it’s fine, it has everything you need in Paris.’ But it’s not that obvious.”


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