Rio de Janeiro: Thierry Henry has seen and done it all for France. The only Frenchman to have taken part in four World Cups, he experienced a massive high on home soil in 1998, a huge disappointment at Korea/Japan 2002, an unexpected revival at Germany 2006 and an inexplicable debacle in South Africa 2010.
The graceful forward, part of the golden generation that triumphed at Euro 2000, reminisced about his long-lasting love affair with the Les Bleus.
Henry wants the present generation of France players to make the most of the World Cup. “They should make the most of it. They’ll learn a lot, and it won’t always be easy, but this generation really does have the quality to do well and lift trophies. I hope they do it quite quickly. When you play in a World Cup, you never know if you’ll get the chance to do it again. I had the opportunity to play in four, so it probably seems a bit strange to say that, but you have to approach each one as if it’s your last.”
The veteran star is impressed with the likes of Karim Benzema, Paul Pogba and Raphael Varane. But he does miss Franck Ribery in this Cup.
Henry believes that Lionel Messi can shine only if Argentina are playing well. “It’s clear that if Argentina win, Messi will play well.”