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Nicolas Anelka: The journey of the most travelled football player in the world

The former France international is a prolific striker who had played for different clubs of different countries. The most travelled player of all time, who plies trades in England, France, Spain, Italy, Turkey among others with a total tally of twelve big clubs which the EURO 2000 winner have been to. What an explosive football journey!

Nicolas Anelka in Manchester City colours

The then 15 years old striker played at the junior cadre of the French Giants, Paris Saint-Germain in 1996, not until after he earlier played for Trappes Saints and Clairefointe. He scored a goal in ten appearances for the French side.

He left the home of PSG and later moved to the Emirates Stadium, home of Arsenal in 1996 where he established himself as a first-team player, he later bagged his first award as the Player's Player Football Association(PFA) Young Player of the year. He scored 23 times for Arsenal in 65 appearances and left the London club in 1999.


The 42-year-old's 22.3 million pounds move to Santiago Bernabeu - home of Real Madrid in 1999 was in a short while as he could not tarry longer with the Spanish side. He only scored only two goals in nineteen appearances for Madrid, coming back to his boyhood club PSG in 2000. Unlike his initial arrival, he established himself in the first squad in the team scoring ten goals in 39 appearances for the club not until 2001 when he was loaned to Liverpool. He scored four goals in twenty appearances for the Reds in the 2001/02 season.

Anelka then joined Manchester City in 2002 for £13 million at the start of the 2002–03 season. The French man had his best performance at the club scoring, thirty-seven (37) goals in eighty-nine appearances. Consequently, he left after three seasons he played in Manchester City.

He played a couple of games in Turkey, Fenerbahce to be precise, for two seasons and went back to England. He played for Bolton Wanderers and Chelsea both London sides in 2008, he won the Premier League Golden Boot awards at Chelsea. He had a blistering spell at Stamford Bridge where he scored 38 goals in 125 appearances for the Blues.


He was one of the biggest summer signing in Italy in 2013 after he secured a six-month loan deal with Juventus following a long season in the Chinese league, with Shanghai Shenhua. He played a couple of games for West Brom before ending his European club journey in Mumbai City where he has named a player-manager there.


Following the 19 years of his football career and an explosive sojourn and tour around Europe, Anelka bagged eleven different silverwares from different clubs, including a UEFA Champions League and two Premier League titles. He is now the youth manager of Lille 

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