When you earn the nickname 'Le Sulk,' it's very likely that controversy and drama are never far behind. However, in the case of Nicolas Anelka, it's worth remembering that the French striker was a bloody good player too.
During his career, he won the Premier League and FA Cup double with two different clubs, lifted league titles in three different countries, earned 69 caps for France, and sits just outside their top 20 international goalscorers.
Aside from this, Anelka also won the European Cup and European Championship. He moved for more than £10million five times in his career and more than £20million twice.
This being said, Anelka also scored a flukey goal vs Ireland in the first leg of the 2009 World Cup play-off, but that seems insignificant in comparison to what was in store in the second leg!
The glory and the controversy will be examined in Anelka: Misunderstood and viewers are in for a treat.
Earlier this week, a snippet of the feature was released but as the full trailer shows, we get an inside look at the famous French mutiny at the 201o World Cup, Anelka's blazing row with Raymond Domenech, the striker's tendency during the early part of his career to change clubs as quickly as he'd change socks, that penalty miss vs Manchester United in 2008, and more.
In terms of contributors, Netflix said that Arsene Wenger, Thierry Henry, Didier Drogba, Emmanuel Petit, and Paul Pogba will all be talking about the enigmatic striker.
As the synopsis states: "Bad boy or football genius? Famed French footballer Nicolas Anelka's controversial legacy is examined in an unflinching documentary."
Anelka: Misunderstood is released on Netflix on 5 August.
Take a look at what's in store.
Wenger, Henry, Drogba, Petit, Pogba and – *of course* – Nicolas Anelka, talking about Nicolas Anelka? Oui. Très bon. Anelka: Misunderstood arrives on Netflix on 5 August. pic.twitter.com/dg1xXIbBbT
— Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) July 22, 2020
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