Think of the footballing philosophers: Camus (Algeria), Wojtyła (Poland), Cantona (France) and Socrates (Brazil). Red Bull New York captain Thierry Henry must surely rank among them. Here's a selection of the striker's thoughts and quotes...
On responsibility: “At the beginning, you are 20 and you can just imagine. Then you realise that it's not only about you and what you are doing but that you have to give back. However you do it, you have to give something back. You have to.”
On his father: “Without my Dad I wouldn't have been here. It was tough for me because he was really demanding. With him, it was never enough, you know, anything I did was never enough.”
On priorities: “When I was younger I was trying to do what I wanted to do, not what the game wanted me to do.”
On early influences: “When I was young, when any politician was talking I wasn't even interested. Maybe they were saying some nice stuff, but then if you put Michael Jordan on TV, I was interested!”
On reputation: “In football you always get judged on your last game. Whoever you are, or how amazing you are, it's the last game that everyone has seen.”
On playing: “When I step on the pitch, when I have the ball I know it's mine. It's just a feeling.”
On progress: “I always think about what I missed, and I think that was my driving force – never be satisfied with what I've done. So, don’t sleep on what you did before, there is always room for progress.”