Nicolas Anelka is a French international footballer who currently features for the Premier League giants Chelsea. He plays as a striker and is regarded as one of the lethal centre forwards in the world.
Nicolas Anelka commenced his footballing career at French giants Paris Saint-Germain in 1995 and played for two seasons for the Parisian side. In February 1997 he was signed by Arsenal for a transfer fee of 500,000 pounds. He was a huge hit for the Gunners right from the start as he scored 23 goals in 65 league appearances in his two seasons.
In the summer of 1999 Spanish and European giants Real Madrid signed him for 22.3 million pounds but before long he had fallen out with the club and the supporters as his suspicious temperament made his unpopular. He made just 19 league appearances and scored 2 goals in two seasons in the Spanish capital and was transferred to PSG for 20 million pounds and after a six month loan spell with Liverpool in the second half of the 2001-2002 season, he made the permanent switch to Manchester City.
He played for them until January 2005 when he was transferred to Turkish giants Fenerbahce for 7 million pounds and after one season returned to the Premiership with Bolton Wanderers and scored 21 goals in 53 league appearances and moved to Premier League powerhouse Chelsea in January 2008 for 15 million pounds. He played in the UEFA Champions League 2008 against Manchester United and missed the decisive penalty that was saved by Man United custodian Edwin van der Sar.
Nicolas Anelka made his international debut for France in April 1998 in a goalless draw with Sweden and made over 50 matches for his country.