Thierry Henry Sky deal makes him best-paid pundit on TV
Ex-Arsenal striker will be paid £4m a year as analyst and ambassador, but can also appear on BBC
Thierry Henry broke records on the field during his career as a player and he has already started doing the same in his new career as a pundit.
The Frenchman has joined Sky as a football expert and ambassador on six-year deal that is reportedly worth £24m, making him the highest-paid pundit on TV.
His £4m-a-year deal is said to "dwarf" that of colleague Gary Neville, who is believed to be paid a mere £1.2m a year, reports the Daily Mail.
"The terms of Henry's mega-deal still allow him to work for the BBC at major tournaments, as he did during Brazil last summer," adds the paper. "But he is not permitted to work for Sky's arch-rivals BT Sport, who were also keen on signing him."
Henry worked as an analyst on Sky last winter and his appearances during the World Cup on the BBC were well received, but his decision to move into TV work surprised some who believed he would try and carve out a career as a coach.
But that could still happen, reports the Daily Telegraph. "While Henry will throw himself into his television work, the move has not closed the door on a potential move into coaching or management. He plans to start work on his badges in January."
Henry will also start work with Sky next month and is likely to become a familiar face on screens.
"He will join former Manchester United defender Gary Neville and ex-Liverpool star Jamie Carragher as an expert analyser and co-commentator, but will also act as a Sky ambassador and will lead their biggest advertising and marketing campaigns," adds the Telegraph.
The paper says that he will be expected to follow in the footsteps of Neville and Carragher by commenting on matches involving his former club, Arsenal. Both Neville and Carragher, who played for Man Utd and Liverpool, have overcome some intial scepticism to become respected pundits.