New York Red Bull's soccer star, Thierry Henry, recently visited the Red Bull Brazil Soccer Academy and met the young players dreaming of emulating the former Arsenal and France forward.
The daily routine of the Academy was completely changed when Henry walked through the doors of the complex. Below, Henry is pictured signing his portrait at the Academy.
The footballing legend arrived at around noon and as this image highlights, the young players were delighted at his visit.
One of the first things on the agenda was to learn about the structure of the Academy.
And Thierry was impressed with what he saw. "I really liked it," he said. "I'm surprised by the structure, it is very good, cool. Must be a dream for the boys to be here, for sure they will take advantage of these great conditions and a new generation is coming. It was great to spend a little time with the kids and talk to them."
It was a once in a lifetime meeting for many of the players with one of their idols and one to record for posterity.
The Training Centre of Red Bull Athletes Brazil has four official camps, catering for more than 100 athletes, gym, restaurant and complete infrastructure. Henry even lunched at CFA before finding the boys team of Under-15, Under-17 and Under-20 for an informal chat.
The player was even surprised by the reception he received from the young stars of tomorrow: "I was not expecting anything, but it was nice to see that people recognize what you've done in the past," Henry said. "It was good to see that. And just being around the kids is always special."
Given that Henry has been a thorn a side of the Brazil national team during his playing career, perhaps he was not expecting such a warm welcome! "I can not explain, but we usually were lucky when we played against Brazil," he said. "But I would trade our victories for the five [World Cup] titles that Brazil has," he added.
The former Arsenal, Juventus, Barcelona and Monaco star casts an experienced eye over training.
At the end of the day, the French star had some advice for the boys who dream of shining in world football: "It sounds a bit of a cliché, but you have to work hard. It's like I always say, you have to work hard, very hard," the Red Bulls player warned.