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Thierry Henry compares Lionel Messi’s arrival at PSG to his leaving Arsenal for Barcelona

In an interview with GQ, Thierry Henry discussed Lionel Messi’s arrival in Paris, comparing it to his transfer to Barcelona from Arsenal.

“When you leave a place that you’ve been at a young age for a very long time, that you never thought you were going to leave, it takes a lot out of you emotionally. You need to realize and understand where you are, adapt to a new league and adapt to a new team and digest the move. You saw he cried when he left, those were not fake tears. He cried. It takes a little time to adapt and understand, even if you are him. But you need to understand that the guy is a human being also. And that emotionally, sometimes, we all do get touched by something. Leaving Barcelona, it’s still raw for him. But I believe he will turn it over. I hope he will turn it up. I’m confident in him. Same with me when I left Arsenal to go to Barcelona, it took me a minute to get used to my surroundings. I never thought that I was going to leave Arsenal, so joining Barcelona… Was I in a great club, in a great town? Hell yeah. But it took me a little time to digest it.”

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