Nicklas Bendtner


Not an extract from his book below but a classic nonetheless.

"One of the categories is called ‘self perceived competence,’ i.e. how good the player himself thinks he is,’’ Crevoisier told Swedish magazine Offside . ''On a scale up to 9, Bendtner got 10! We have never seen that before. Pat Rice [Arsenal’s assistant manager] was sitting next to me and couldn’t stop laughing.

"When Bendtner misses a chance, he is always genuinely convinced that it wasn’t his fault. You might say that’s a problem, and to a certain degree it can be. But you can also view it as this guy has a remarkable ability to come back after set-backs.

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Fucking love that

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Crazy to think he’s only 31, I thought he be 36 or 37 now. What a wasted career.

One of those players if he wasn’t as mad as a hatter could have been a good solid squad player and would have ended up with a lower PL side or top Championship side or ended up having a great career in a mid tier European league. But the worse thing for a professional footballer is to have a massive ego but in the body of a average player. He scored a good few goals and got some interesting moves, to Juventus and Wolfsburg. Found his level in Danish football. As mad as a bag of monkeys though.