Sometimes I look at Nicolas Anelka and I just think what a waste.
Don't get me wrong, he has played for some of the biggest clubs in the world.
Arsenal, Real Madrid, Paris-Saint Germain, Liverpool and Bolton is quite an impressive list for any footballer.
But he has also undermined and stained his career by playing for smaller clubs like Chelsea and Manchester City.
I glance back to the summer of 1999 (how long ago?!) when Anelka left Arsenal and I am sure he must have some regret.
His brothers, Claude and Didier, had become his agents and they decided that Nicolas would be better off elsewhere.
Being young, easily influenced, and after being given several chinese-burns by Didier, he took their advice and left for Real Madrid.
After leaving for the Bernabeu his career appeared to go downhill faster than Wayne Rooney chasing the 10:46 OAP coach trip from Manchester to London.
He drifted from club to club and never really settled down.
That was until he found religion. Anelka became a Muslim, moved to Turkey with Fenerbahce and finally appeared to find some balance in his life.
Where he found faith, he lost something too. His brothers.
Its also been said that one of his team-mates at Fenerbahce had a Destiny's Child album and Nicolas played the 'Independent Women' track over and over again.
And it was that, and religion, that made Anelka become more independent from his brothers.
I can't confirm this though.
If only Nicolas Anelka found religion or Destiny's Child released that track in the summer of 1999.
He most probably would have stayed at Arsenal and become an absolute legend at the club.
Anelka and Thierry Henry was the partnership that Arsene Wenger had sweet dreams about.
Wenger has said in the past he wishes he had had the chance to pair the two Frenchmen together in an attack more potent than Pele on Viagra.
He never got that opportunity and I believe it is a real shame we never saw Henry and Anelka wearing the red and white of Arsenal at the same time.
Nowadays it appears Anelka is on the move again. He has realised that Chelsea aren't even the biggest club in Chelsea and he could be on his toes.
Rumours are he is heading off to the Far East. Shanghai Shenhua of China are the favourites to sign him. Although Millwall are in the running too.
Had he stayed at Arsenal, under Arsene Wenger, I firmly believe he would have become a legend with us Gooners.
Not only that, like Thierry Henry, he would have been known as one of the greatest players of the last decade.
Instead most people see Anelka as a footballing nomad. A man who couldn't stay at one place.
And that, is a shame.
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