September 4, 2007 / 4:49 AM / 12 years ago

Thierry Henry and wife granted divorce

Barcelona's Thierry Henry removes his team jersey at the end of their Spanish first division football match against Racing Santander in Santander August 26, 2007. REUTERS/Victor Fraile

LONDON (Reuters) - The four-year marriage of French football star Thierry Henry and his English wife Claire Merry was ended by a divorce court judge in London on Monday.

Merry, a model and mother of the couple’s two-year-old daughter, divorced Henry on the uncontested grounds of his unreasonable behaviour.

She is expected to receive a sizeable settlement from the former Arsenal striker, who newspapers say has an estimated fortune of 25 million pounds.

Henry, 30, is widely reported to be earning 130,000 pounds a week at his new club Barcelona.

Divorce lawyers have speculated that his 27-year-old ex-wife, who models under the name Nicole Merry, could win a payout of up to 10 million pounds.

The divorce was one of a batch granted during a one-minute hearing at the High Court’s Principal Registry.

The couple met when they starred together in a television advert for Renault.

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