Arsenal legend Thierry Henry included just one Premier League striker in his Champions League best number nine.
Henry was asked to name the top three forwards in this season’s competition while working as an expert on CBS Sports.
The Frenchman named Cristiano Ronaldo as the best striker in Europe’s premier club competition, with Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema and Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski named second and third respectively.
Asked about Ronaldo as his first choice, Henry said: âNumber one is master Ronaldo. You have to give this guy a lot of credit.
âBecause he just did what he did for the national team, what he is doing for United at the moment, what he was doing even for Juve, Real Madrid of course, United before.
âIt’s incomparable. If you’re talking about a new one, you have to give it to it, that’s respect. At the moment, he is still delivering.
Henry also believes that four-time Champions League winner Benzema is “the most complete striker” in club football.
âBecause, I think for me he’s the most complete striker in the world. Complete doesn’t mean you’re the best,â Henry said of the Real Madrid talisman.
“He’s answered the call since Ronaldo left, he’s won the Champions League so many times and that’s good enough I think for number two.”
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Meanwhile, the French legend explained why Lewandowski was chosen ahead of Erling Haaland – who at 21 has already scored 21 times in the Champions League – and Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku.
âHe’s been doing it for a long time, one of the best predators I’ve seen in the game,â Henry said.
âBut he won a Champions League. It’s enough, but the guys in front of him have done it a few times, together I’ll give you a hint, and over and over again.
âSo you have to respect that because these guys will tell you, longevity, winning and scoring goals isn’t easy at this level. And they always do.â