The Barclays Premier League season is nearly upon us, and to celebrate Sky Sports has called upon former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry to help relive some of the competition's most iconic moments as part of a new advertising campaign.
Thanks to some special effects magic, the advert starts with Thierry going back to 1993 and joining in with the celebrations of Manchester United's Sir Alex Ferguson and Brian Kidd following their historic last-minute win over Sheffield Wednesday, which helped seal their first Premier League title.
Henry is then made a part of other memorable moments across the Premier League's 23-season history, culminating in him watching on as Chelsea lift the trophy at Stamford Bridge at the end of the most recent season.
The Frenchman, who now works as a pundit for Sky Sports, said: “Both as a player and now working for Sky Sports, I know what makes the Premier League the best league in the world and this advert helps explain why. It was a fascinating process to be part of, very technical with the effects used to take me back to those memorable moments.
"Every detail was accounted for, the advertising boards, the old kits, the old ball from Cantona's goal against Sunderland. Sky Sports has been the home of this history from the start and I'm looking forward to seeing more great moments this season."
It took over five months to shoot the advert, with creators needing to replicate the cameras and lenses used in the original footage captured over the years.
Andy Fowler, Founder and ECD of agency Brothers and Sisters, which helped make the advert, added: “It is a sports fan’s dream to delve into Sky’s extensive catalogue of footage since 1992 of Premier League matches to make this film. So many great stories have been told around football, but here we have the chance to illustrate why this is the best league in the world.”
This year Sky Sports has the rights to 116 Premier League games, complementing 112 matches from the Sky Bet Football League, action from the Capital One Cup and over 30 games in the Scottish Professional Football League.