Thierry Henry and Kobe Bryant are true legends and global icons in their respective sports.
While Thierry is worshipped as a demigod by all Arsenal fans, Bryant is an unrivalled hero amongst Los Angeles Lakers and NBA fans in general.
Meeting as friends for the latest episode of NBA Diaries, the pair discussed their love for the beautiful game and recounted their sporting icons during the impressionable stages of their careers.
Incredibly, both grew up admiring the same footballing icon – a prolific and charismatic AC Milan striker whose cool, calm demeanour they’ve adopted into their own game.
Whilst you wouldn’t necessarily consider a basketball star from Philadelphia to be a passionate fan of the Rossoneri, Bryant has his reasons – having spent a considerable portion of his childhood living in Italy.
It was during this period in the eighties and early nineties, that the pair were inspired by an all-conquering Milan side and in particular, Marco Van Basten.
Van Basten was one of the most potent forwards of his generation during his time in Italy, firing Milan to four Serie A titles and two European Cups in a glorious eight-year spell at the club.
To honour his successes and for serving as an inspiration to two sporting greats of the modern era, we give you five of the Dutchman’s most iconic goals:
5. The Perfect Combination of Determination & Skill
4. The Impossible Header Against Real Madrid
3. A Different Class
2. The Perfect Bicycle Kick
1. The Most Iconic Volley In World Football