The simple answer is fancy tricks.
Don’t believe me? Then look at the previous winners of the award:
2005 – Ronaldinho, 2004 – Ronaldinho, 2003 – Zidane,
2002 – Ronaldo,2001 – Luis Figo, 2000 – Zidane,
1999 – Rivaldo, 1998 – Zidane, 1997 – Ronaldo, 1996 – Ronaldo…
And the list goes on.
If you watch this video here you will see what the players who have dominated the award over the last 10 years (Ronaldinho, Zidane & Ronaldo) are all remembered for fancy tricks and skills.
That is part of the game that FIFA and many organisations want to promote to the World – the beautiful game.
Don’t get me wrong, Henry is a skillful player and when in full force is one of the best players in the World to watch – but he doesn’t do stepovers, roulettes or even the flipflap.
Skills and tricks are what win awards – not goals, assists or team play. Otherwise Henry would have won the previous 3 years awards by a country mile.
It’s not for record-breaking goalscoring or consistency.
That’s far too boring…
Aside from tricks another big factor to winning the World Player of the Year Award is winning the World Cup or the European Cup. When Brazil won the World Cup Ronaldo & Rivaldo were credited with being the best and when France won it Zidane got the same recognition.
Henry might have been in both the World Cup and Champions League Finals but without winning them he doesn’t have a hope in picking up the biggest personal award.
If Titi had better luck and came out winners for both of those competitions you wouldn’t even be wondering who would win the Ballon d’Or or the FIFA World Player of the Year.