WATCH - Thierry Henry hits back after Hernandez row
Irish soccer lovers don't need any prompting to stir up animosity towards Thierry Henry, yet the Frenchman inspired the wrath of thousands on Twitter last night as he attacked Real Madrid's Champions League match winner Javier Hernandez.
On-loan Manchester United striker Hernandez has struggled to make his mark since joining Real Madrid last summer, so it was only natural that the Mexican got himself a little excited as he scored an 88th minute quarter-final winner to see off local rivals Atletico Madrid in front of an ecstatic Bernabeu Stadium crowd.
Yet the man who infamously cheated the Republic of Ireland out of a place at the 2010 World Cup finals following his handball in a play-off game in Paris left his fellow Sky Sports pundits dumfounded as he suggested Hernandez was a little over the top in his celebrations.
Henry’s claim that Cristiano Ronaldo deserved all the credit for Hernandez’s goal due to his pass to his team-mate was as bizarre as it was ridiculous, with Graeme Souness and Jamie Carragher struggling to fathom these comments (click below).
Henry has been a less than impressive Sky Sports pundit since signing a reported £4m deal earlier this year, with his latest performance sparking a storm of criticism on Twitter.
I loved Thierry Henry as a player, the best in PL history in my view, but he was wrong to slate Chicharito for celebrating. Nonsense talk!— Adrian Clarke (@adrianjclarke) April 23, 2015
When Thierry Henry assists you, say thank you. And allow him to conduct the celebrations. It's for the greater good, as in his. Amazing.— John Brewin (@JohnBrewinESPN) April 23, 2015
Just a weird all round "analysis" by @ThierryHenry. Embarrassing for him to be honest.— Busby MUFC (@BusbyMUFC) April 23, 2015
Thierry Henry, the man who celebrated when he cheated eliminating a team from the World Cup is lecturing Chicharito on goal celebrations?— Pilib de Brún (@Malachians) April 23, 2015
Of course, we should not forget that Henry celebrated 'like he had won the World Cup' when he scored a goal for Arsenal inan FA Cup third round replay against Leeds not so long ago. Short memory Thierry?
Here's Thierry Henry not getting caught up in the moment and thanking Alex Song for a great assist versus Leeds - https://t.co/nPo6Q1cLb6— Jonny Cooper (@jbcoopr) April 23, 2015
Despite the storm his comments created, Henry hit back at his critics with these messages on Twitter on Thursday night:
Football is a team game. Yes CH14_ scored the all important goal but the work of @cristiano made it possible. It cannot be underestimated.— Thierry Henry (@ThierryHenry) April 23, 2015
I love it when players celebrate and acknowledge the player that made the assist. The pass can be just as important as the goal.— Thierry Henry (@ThierryHenry) April 23, 2015