Thierry Henry tells his ex-wife to lay off his fortune

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London, July 25 : French soccer star Thierry Henry has told his ex-wife Claire to lay off his fortune.

Terming her demands as "unrealistic", Thierry said that he is ready to battle her claim for a share of his 10-million pound earnings in court.

Ex-model Claire, 27 - mum of their daughter Tea, two - split with Henry after he went on a string of dates with make-up artist Sadie Hewlett.

She found raunchy texts on his phone and he moved out - with Claire vowing to "take him to the cleaners".

Their four-year marriage ended when she was granted a quickie divorce last September on the grounds of Henry's "unreasonable behaviour".

Claire, who now lives in Croydon, South London, is demanding a settlement based on French international Henry's earnings, reports The Sun.

But Henry claims that he was a success before he and Claire met in 2001 - and she was not involved in decisions about his professional life.

Henry, 30, made his 16-million pound move to Barcelona after they split and rejects any claims for a settlement related to his 130,000-dollars a-week wage at the Spanish club.

Legal sources have also said Henry plans to retire at Barcelona.

Her bid for a chunk of money from some of his ad deals - including Pringles and McDonald's - have also been refused because they were agreed after the pair broke up.

He has also thrown out her claims for a cut of their 5.9-million pound marital home in Hampstead, North London, because he bought it before they wed in July 2003.

His lawyers are Mishcon de Reya, which acted for Lady Diana in her divorce from Prince Charles, while Claire has hired top divorce lawyer Fiona Shackleton, who represented Paul McCartney in his split with Heather Mills.

ANI

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