Thierry Henry Arsenal legend installed as ‘Igwe’ of goals in Lagos
After years of being fondly called ‘Igwe’ by Nigerians, Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has finally been installed with the title in Lagos.
Henry arrived in Lagos on Sunday, December 17, 2017 on a two-day visit sponsored by an alcoholic beverage brand.
At an event on Sunday, the Arsenal legend was installed as the ‘Igwe’ in reference to the name he has been fondly called by Nigerians since his hay days in the Premier League.
The former France striker became very popular to Nigerians during his time at Arsenal where he won two Premier League and two FA Cup titles.
A proven goal-scorer in the Premier League, Nigerians started calling the former striker ‘Igwe’ which translates to king in English.
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After receiving the title, Henry revealed that Kanu Nwankwo, his one-time teammates at Arsenal never told him that they call him Igwe in Nigeria.
He spoke of his admiration for Kanu and Victor Ikpeba whom he played with at Monaco.
“Kanu was overrated, such a positive, fun and humble guy, his techniques were amazing,” Henry said at the event which held in Landmark Centre.