Becoming a professional with AS Cannes in 1993, Patrick Vieira quickly became a key element of Cannes’ eleven. The native of Dakar became captain when he was only 17 years old. Above average abilities attract the attention of the best European clubs. After 61 matches, the defensive midfielder joined AC Milan in 1995.
Meanwhile, Thierry Henry begins his second season with the professional team of AS Monaco. Like Patrick Vieira, the Monegasque center forward has joined the team one for his 17 years. After a promising 95/96 season, punctuated by 18 games played, Thierry Henry confirms all the hopes placed in him the following year. He scores ten times in 47 games. His performances opened the door to the French team in 1997. Champion of France the same year, the native of Ulis becomes world champion a year later. It’s a world title he won alongside Patrick Vieira, who then was at Arsenal. The old Cannes only played one season at Milan.
In the top five legends of Arsenal
The new status of Thierry Henry makes him a coveted player and same for Patrick Vieira. The Red and White striker left the club during the 1999 season to join Juventus. Like Vieira, Thierry Henry remains only for one season in Italy. The player from the Academy joins Arsenal. The two world champions win the majority of British trophies and are teammates until 2005, year of the return of Patrick Vieira in Italy (Juventus). Thierry Henry (1st) and Patrick Vieira (5th) are part of the Top 50 legends of the North London club.
230 appearances in the France team between them
Never too far away from each other, the former captains of the Gunners and Blues regularly meet in the French team reaching a second final of the World Cup in 2006.
Their common trajectory seems to end definitively before the start of the World Cup 2010. In form, Vieira is not retained for the competition. The two legends of the team of France accumulate 230 appearances (123 for Henry and 107 for Vieira). They are respectively the second and sixth players most caped under the tricolor jersey.
45 major trophies
After two experiences in Barcelona and New York plus a loan at Arsenal in 2012, Thierry Henry is no longer likely to cross paths with Patrick Vieira, the latter having ended his career in Manchester City after four years at Inter Milan. For 20 years, Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira have constantly crossed paths, winning respectively 23 and 22 major trophies. The story can now be repeated on the sideline this time. First episode of their reunion, this Saturday in the 95th derby between AS Monaco and OGC Nice in Ligue 1 Conforma.