Thierry Henry claims that he was never as obsessed about outscoring his rival, Ruud van Nistelrooy, as the Dutchman was.
Henry and van Nistelrooy were the Premier League’s top strikers in the early 2000s, and they were always competing against each other for the Golden Boot.
Every time that the Frenchman had outscored him, he would reportedly sulk even if he had scored twice and their team had won their own game.
It was a rivalry that consumed the Dutchman, but Henry seems to be relaxed about it and he recently revealed that he wasn’t that obsessed about van Nistelrooy and that he even gave up scoring chances to assist his teammates.
‘It became a story between me and him because it was always him or me [to win the Golden Boot],’ he told England Women striker Nikita Parris on Puma’s Instagram Live.
‘But I don’t know if you remember I used to give penalties away… I used to give penalties away!
‘When Edu played his last game for Arsenal and I was battling with Ruud van Nistelrooy for the Golden Boot I gave him the penalty.
‘It’s because you ask me the question, don’t get me wrong… but if you look at the number of my assists I gave in the game and sometimes I was in front of the goal and I squared it, that would answer that question [whether he was as obsessed].
‘I would not have all those assists if I was only just thinking about the Golden Boot.’
The Frenchman still beat the Manchester United striker to the Golden Boot on four occasions out of the five years that they competed against each other with the Dutchman winning just once.
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