From “Va Va Voom” – for those who remember the quintessential Renault commercial that Henry played – to “Va Va Zoom”, if you will.
Despite a lack of football, the timing of the call was almost as good as Henry’s timing in front of goal. He spoke only hours after his home country confirmed that the two main divisions would not resume the 2019-2020 season, the country banning all sporting events, including in camera, until September.
It is not yet known whether the campaign will be abandoned, without an announced decision who will be crowned champion or which teams will be promoted or relegated.
While promotion / relegation does not concern MLS – which has not yet adopted the concept – did Henry hope for a resumption of the 2020 season, or would he prefer that the league follow in the footsteps of France and the Countries- Bas, who declared his theft last week void?
“I’m sure the commissioner and whoever is involved in making this decision are obviously working extremely hard to find out what we are about to do,” Henry told CNN Sport in reference to the suspension of MLS indefinitely in March, without restarting before June. 8 at the earliest.
“They are going to make the decision and we are going to have to execute whatever they want us to execute. But for my part, all I can do is try to keep my team, the staff, ready for whatever goes get to us. ” .
“I’ve seen people take a path and a path. I don’t know what’s going to happen with the league. We just have to wait and see and be ready for whatever will happen.”
Henry is currently more concerned with the health and safety of friends and family in France, and the state of the planet itself, as opposed to what the football authorities decide in the country. from his birth.
“It’s very difficult for me to talk about … what happened in France and why they made this decision,” said Henry, who is Arsenal’s top scorer. “Obviously, we are all one country right now, anyway, wherever you are. We are all worried about our families. I try to talk with my family as much as I can, see how they are, how they face it all happening. “
As for the way Henry himself copes, it’s not just the regular rhythms of his daily routine that keep him busy – “(I) I train, I cook, I relax a bit, I start to practice. Sometimes I’ll watch I saw. Cook again at night “- but one of the deadliest finishers of his generation is now facing a new adversary: the eradication of germs.
“I don’t know if it’s the same for you,” jokes the 42-year-old young woman, “but it seems that you have to clean the house every two minutes. Because usually you are not at home so you are not cooking as much, so you always have to do the dishes, clean the house. So the usual stuff that I don’t usually do. ”
On the rise
An MLS critic at the time when Henry was still cleaning up for goal – he played for the New York Red Bulls between 2010 and 2014 – was that players came from Europe at twilight in their careers for a final check for regulation. , rather than gracefully retiring.
Indeed, Henry moved to the Red Bulls just before his 33rd birthday in 2010. He gushed positively when asked what the differences were on the field compared to his playing days.
“The league was still trying to find guys at the end of their contracts and see if they would come or not,” he said. “Now the teams are going to find these players early … so it’s a sign that the league is evolving.”
But as MLS continues to grow by gradually reducing the average age, Henry, who was notoriously difficult to satisfy on the ground, preaches patience regarding the current era, which has been described as MLS 3.0.
“It’s the 25th anniversary of the league this year,” said Henry. “You have clubs in Europe that are 125 years old. It’s hard to fight against that … I don’t know how far the league can go.
“It’s obviously up to us; now I’m back to make sure we can raise the league as much as we can. This league has no limits for me, but you need time to reach this level. “