Nicklas Bendtner is back!
The former Arsenal star is poised to return to English football to lead the line for Championship side Nottingham Forest.
A cult hero for the Gunners in the Premier League, Bendtner notched up loan spells with Birmingham City, Sunderland and Juventus before joining Wolfsburg in 2014, only to be released by the club after a failure to fulfil expectations.
An on-form Bendtner could certainly be an asset for Forest; he has after all netted 29 times for Denmark and played in the Champions League and World Cup finals.
However, the Scandinavian striker has struggled to live up to his potential and his frequent outbursts about how great he is only served to make him look at best ridiculous and at worst delusional. Think a Zlatan Ibrahimovic who can’t deliver the goods.
Bendtner’s fanbase even christened him a Lord, buying him a 30cm x 30cm plot of land in a Glencoe nature reserve in Scotland.
Still, English football has been a poorer place without Lord Bendtner. To mark his return to the game here are seven quotes of the man himself believing his own hype.
Nicklas Bendtner on his own potential
“I want to be top scorer in the Premier League, top scorer in the World Cup and, within five years, I want to be among the best strikers in the world. Trust me, it will happen.”
“It is wrong to compare my salary to the salary of a businessman. Compare it to movie actors instead.”
On being a master of… everything
“Whether it’s tennis, badminton, football, whatever. I just go out there and think I can do it and most of the time I can.”
On world domination
“If you ask me if I’m one of the best strikers in the world, I say ‘yes’ because I believe it.”
On the perils of being a footballer
“There is a price to pay as well for us players. The biggest thing I miss is I really like to go on skiing holidays. As long as I am a footballer I can’t do that because of the risk of being injured.”
On his body (after a car accident)
“My body is my livelihood and I was desperate to find out if I was OK. So I took off all my clothes, even my pants, picked up a wing mirror that had come off the car and checked myself over, front and back. Then I climbed back into the car to find my phone. I rang the club to say I’d be late for training.”
On his minimum demands
“I should start every game, I should be playing every minute of every match and always be in the team.”