The move Nicolas Anelka is ashamed of and says is his worst football experience

Nicolas Anelka’s career saw him play for some of the world’s most famous clubs.

During a 19-year stint as a professional footballer, the French striker played for clubs in countries such as England, Italy and India, as well as making 69 appearances for his national team.

He also picked up numerous medals during his career, winning 11 major club honours, as well as Euro 2000 with France.

Netflix is now documenting his career in a new feature length documentary called Anelka: Misunderstood.

In it, the man who burst onto the world stage as a 16-year-old talks about the highs and lows of his time playing football.

Who did Nicolas Anelka play for?

In total Nicolas Anelka played for 12 clubs in seven different countries on two continents.

Here’s a rundown of who he played for, and how he got on.

Paris Saint-Germain

After a successful time at the French Football Federation’s famous Clairefontaine academy, Anelka joined PSG in 1996.

He made his debut in the 1996/97 season, scoring one goal.

Arsenal

In February 1997, aged 17, Anelka joined Arsenal for a transfer fee of £500,000 after just 10 appearances for PSG.

It wasn’t until the 1997/98 season that he established himself as a first-time regular, scoring his first goal for the club in a 3-2 win over Manchester United.

His goals helped propel Arsenal to a Premier League, FA Cup double – their first in 30 years – and while they failed to defend either trophy the following season, Anelka was voted PFA Young Player of the Year in 1999.

That was his last season at Highbury, and he moved to Spanish giants Real Madrid that summer after netting 28 times in 90 appearances for the Gunners.

Real Madrid

Real Madrid splashed out £22.3million for Anelka in August 1999, but his time at the Bernabeu wasn’t a happy one.

It took five months for him to score his first goal, which came at the Club World Cup in Brazil in January 2000.

During his sole season in Madrid, the Frenchman scored just twice in La Liga, though one of those was against Barcelona in El Clasico.

He also scored in both legs of Real's Champions League semi-final win over Bayern Munich, and started the final in Paris, where Los Blancos secured their eighth European Cup.

Paris Saint-Germain

In the summer of 2000 Anelka returned to PSG, who had finished second in Ligue 1 the previous season.

However in 2000/01 they finished ninth, and Anelka soon ended up at odds with head coach Luis Fernandez after scoring 10 league goals in a season and a half.

Liverpool

Anelka’s time away from the Premier League ended in December 2001 when he joined Liverpool on loan for the remainder of the 2001/02 season.

He slotted in at Anfield, scoring five times in 22 appearances – including against Everton in the Merseyside derby, and wanted to make his loan move permanent.

However, at the end of the season, manager Gerard Houllier turned down the opportunity to sign him on a permanent deal, opting instead for El Hadji Diouf.

Manchester City

Liverpool’s loss was Man City’s gain, with manager Kevin Keegan spending what was then a club record £13m to sign him.

Back in 2002 City were a newly-promoted side still playing at Maine Road.

Anelka ended his first season as top scorer, netting 14 times, including in the last Manchester derby at Maine Road, which City won 3-1. He also scored against Arsenal and a last-minute winner against Liverpool at Anfield.

In 2003 the Sky Blues moved into the City of Manchester Stadium – now known as the Etihad – and Anelka was again top scorer with 25 goals. He also netted the penalty that inflicted Jose Mourinho’s first defeat as Chelsea manager in October 2004.

Fenerbahce

Anelka moved from Manchester to Istanbul-based Fenerbahce in January 2005 for £7m.

Over the next four months he helped them with the Turkish Super Lig title.

Bolton Wanderers

The well-travelled striker returned to England in August 2006, with Bolton Wanderers becoming his fourth Premier League club.

He ended the 2006/07 season with 11 goals, including a brace against Arsenal. His first strike in that game was one he later declared his favourite goal in a Bolton shirt.

In January 2007 he said returning to the Gunners “would be great”, but ultimately stayed at Bolton for the whole of the 2006/07 season. That summer he signed a four-year contract extension, something he later admitted was to help the club get the biggest transfer fee possible when he left.

“I did everything I could to make sure Bolton were the winners in the transfer transaction,” he said in a club interview this year.

“The club trusted me and gave me the opportunity to come back to the Premier League, so at least I could help to make sure they got the best deal for me when I was moving to Chelsea.”

Chelsea

After 23 goals in a season-and-a-half at the Reebok, Anelka joined Chelsea for £15m in January 2008.

At the end of the season he missed the decisive spot kick in the Champions League final penalty shootout against Man Utd, something he later blamed on boss Avram Grant for putting him on as a substitute without a proper warm up.

The following season though he won the Premier League Golden Boot, finishing as the league’s top scorer with 19 goals.

Anelka and Chelsea won the FA Cup in 2009, and 12 months later secured a league and cup double.

In total he scored 59 goals in 184 appearances for Chelsea.

Shanghai Shenhua

In January 2012 Anelka moved to China after slipping down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.

Despite a reported wage of £200,000 a week, the move was unsuccessful, yielding few goals as Shanghai limped to ninth in the league in 2012.

Even the arrival of former Chelsea strike partner Didier Drogba in June 2012 failed to revitalise the team, and Anelka left Shanghai Shenhua on loan in January 2013.

Juventus

A five-month loan to Turin did not work out, despite Juventus winning the 2012/13 Serie A title.

Anelka made three appearances and failed to score.

In an interview years later, he said: "Unfortunately, this will remain my worst experience [in football] since I only played 45 minutes and I never wore the shirt at Juventus Stadium in front of the fans.

"Honestly, when someone talks to me about Juventus I try to change the subject immediately… I'm ashamed of that transfer!”

West Brom

Upon signing for West Brom on a free transfer in July 2013, Anelka said he hoped to finish his career at the Hawthorns.

The following month reports suggesting he had walked out of training, telling staff he was quitting football, were denied by the club, who said he’d been given compassionate leave due to the death of his agent.

His first goals didn’t come until December 2013, and when he did he celebrated with the quenelle, a gesture popularised by a French comedian but also described by some as an inverted Nazi salute and anti-semitic.

An FA disciplinary hearing in February banned him for five games and fined him £80,000. However, the panel concluded: “We did not find that Nicolas Anelka is an anti-Semite or that he intended to express or promote anti-Semitism by his use of the quenelle."

Shortly afterwards the journeyman striker announced he was terminating his contract with West Brom, who in turn said he had offered them no notice and later sacked him for gross misconduct.

Mumbai City

Anelka didn’t see out his career at West Brom, instead it was in India at Mumbai City.

He only scored two goals in his time at the club, which included a stint as player-manager.

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