Thierry Henry should be named both European and World Player of the Year according to the French national coach Raymond Domenech.
The Arsenal striker reached both the Champions League and World Cup finals, but looks set to miss out in the annual awards with Italy’s Fabio Cannararo widely tipped to scooped both prizes.
Cannavaro is expected to pick up the Ballon d’Or on Monday, whilst Henry also looks like missing out on the Fifa award for the world’s best performer.
France coach Domenech believes Henry’s achievements make his a more derserving candidate than Cannavaro.
“For me, Thierry Henry deserves all the 2006 individual awards,” Domenech told AFP.
“Without a doubt, if the title is given regarding all the season, Thierry Henry can’t miss it.
“He has played the Champions League final with Arsenal and the World Cup final showing great performances.
“Regarding this I can’t explain why someone else could win.
“I am objective, he is French, brilliant, how can I explain it more.
“People have told me it will be Cannavaro because he is Italy’s captain.
“Italy have already won a cup, but saying Cannavaro deserves the title of footballer of the year…
“He is talented and skilled, but other players deserve much more than him, even Italians.”