Thierry Henry: Ex-wife of Arsenal legend Claire Merry sent ex-footballer Medi Abalimba to jail for defrauding her

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Claire Merry, the ex-wife of Thierry Henry was a victim of fraudster Medi Abalimba who she dated years after she ended her marriage with the Arsenal legend.

Unlike Thierry Henry who is a well-celebrated footballer in France, at Arsenal and FC Barcelona, Medi Abalimba could not make much of his football career despite once being on the books of Liverpool and Derby County.

Hence, he looked for other means to earn a living for himself. One of the means he decided to venture into was to make Thierry Henry’s ex-wife Claire Merry fall in love with him.

Abalimba who is 32-year-old made Thierry Henry’s ex-wife pay for him to stay in a luxurious five-star hotel and dentistry work. He won the trust of the 41-year-old British model after telling her that he was a navy seal.

During one of the court’s hearings, the court confirmed that Abalimba pretended to be an American named Miguel Johnson. The ex-footballer had to use a fake American accent throughout his time with Thierry Henry’s ex-wife.

Claire Merry met with the fraudster at a private party in 2019. They started dating without any background check on him.

Little did she know that the ex-footballer had just returned from prison for defrauding his ex-girlfriend, Georgia Steel, a star of a reality TV show Love Island in 2018.

While the court was looking at the case Thierry Henry’s ex-wife brought to the court, it was discovered that Abalimba had also defrauded record label manager Simon Belofsky and two unsuspecting chauffeurs.

The total amount of money the ex-footballer got from his victims is said to be more than £170,000 between January 2021 and March 2021.

At the time of publishing this report, the length of his prison sentence has not been made public.

Who is Medi Abalimba?

Who is Medi Abalimba?
Medi Abalimba.

As mentioned earlier, Medi Abalimba is an ex-footballer who was once contracted to Liverpool, Crystal Palace, and Derby County.

The 32-year-old Congolese-born footballer was forced to end his football career due to an incessant amount of injuries. He ended his football career on July 1, 2014, at a French lower league club, Perpignan Canet,

There was a point in his football career he earned as much as £4,000 per week. After his career ended abruptly, it became impossible to continue living a luxurious life, hence, he had to look for other means to survive.

He has gone to prison on two different occasions due to fraud-related issues before he met with Thierry Henry’s ex-wife in 2019.

Thierry Henry’s ex-wife Claire Merry and his relationship with the Arsenal’s legend

Thierry Henry and his ex-wife Claire Merry.
File photo Thierry Henry and his ex-wife Claire Merry.

Thierry Henry’s ex-wife Claire Merry, was a less popular British lady until he met with Henry when he was playing for Arsenal. She is also known as Nicole Merry.

Thierry Henry married the British model in a luxurious wedding ceremony at the Highclere Castle on July 5, 2003.

Two years after the expensive wedding ceremony, Henry and Claire welcomed their first and only daughter Téa on May 27, 2005.

File photo of Henry and his daughter Téa.
File photo of Henry and his daughter Téa.

Two years after the birth of Téa, Henry left Arsenal for FC Barcelona. Shortly after the move, his relationship with Claire collapsed.

Reports claimed that the British model decided to end her marriage with the ex-footballer because the footballer allegedly cheated on her.

The marriage between Thierry Henry and Claire officially ended in December 2008. Henry paid his estranged wife a divorce settlement worth £10 million.

Is Andrea Rajacic Thierry Henry’s Wife?

Andrea Rajacic and Thierry Henry.
Andrea Rajacic and Thierry Henry.

After Thierry Henry ended his marriage with Claire Merry, he started a relationship with a Bosnian model Andrea Rajacic.

Not much is known about how Henry started his affair with Andrea, it is believed that the affair started months after he officially ended his marriage with Merry.

Is Thierry Henry Married?

Thierry Henry is currently Belgium’s assistant coach.

Reports claimed that Thierry Henry and Andrea Rajacic have been dating since 2008, a year after the retired footballer started the process of ending his marriage with Merry.

Due to how long Henry has been dating Andrea, most people believe that the retired footballer is officially married to the 34-year-old model.

However, all available information in the public domain made it clear that the two lovers are yet to be married. This means that Henry is not officially married.

Thierry Henry’s son Tristan Henry

Thierry Henry and his son Tristan Henry.
Thierry Henry and his son Tristan Henry.

Aside from the daughter, Thierry Henry has with his estranged wife, the ex-footballer has a son with his current lover, Andrea Rajacic. The name of the child is Tristan Henry.

Based on records available in the public domain, Tristan Henry was born in 2012. The ex-footballer always enjoys football games with the boy.

The last public appearance he made with the boy was in a north London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur on September 26, 2021. The game ended 3-1 in favor of Arsenal.

Thierry Henry Instagram

Thierry Henry has made good of his promise to deactivate all his social medial platforms including his official Instagram page in protest of the rising cases of racial abuse on the internet.

Since he decided to do that during the 2020-2021 season, Henry has no Instagram nor any other social media account. This means that you can only reach out to the 41-year-old football icon through his direct contact.

Thierry Henry Net Worth

Thierry Henry is a retired footballer. Before he retired, he has played for Monaco, Juventus, Arsenal, FC Barcelona, and New York Red Bulls. He made fortunes and name playing for those clubs.

After retiring from football, Henry coached Monaco and Major League Soccer club, Montreal Impact. He is currently the Belgium assistant coach.

From all these activities, media appearances, and endorsement deals, Thierry Henry’s net worth is said to be $130 million.

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