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8: Nicolas Anelka

Nicolas Anelka is a 29-year old French striker who is currently a Chelsea player. He has played for 8 clubs since starting his professional career in 1995 at Paris Saint-Germain. He played for Arsenal, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Manchester City, Fenerbahce, Bolton and Chelsea. His value continued to rise. Just to mention one instance, he was bought from PSG at the age of 17 by Arsenal for £500000 and sold to Real Madrid 2 years later for £22.3 million. The transfer from Bolton to his present club Chelsea cost around £15 million. In total, the transfer fees paid for the player’s services amount to more than £85 million. He was the player that missed the spot-kick in the 2008 UEFA Champions League Final, handing Man Utd the coveted trophy.


For the French senior squad, Anelka made his debut on the 22nd April 1998, in a match against Sweden which ended in 0-0. He missed the 2006 World Cup squad as it was Govou that was called up to replace Cisse. However, he played a part in France’s qualification for Euro 2008, and Domenech said that “It is the Nicolas I like to see… when he shows these qualities, he is a candidate for a permanent place.” For France, Anelka has appeared 48 times, until before the Euro 2008 tournament starts. He has scored 11 times, and France were victorious in all games in which he scored. His last goal came in October 13th 2007 in a Euro 2008 qualifier thrashing of Faroe Islands, where he scored the first goal in a 6-0 thumping.



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