Netflix’s ‘Anelka: Misunderstood’ examines the footballer’s controversial legacy

Netflix is set to release a documentary on former Arsenal, Chelsea and France player Nicolas Anelka titled ‘Anelka: Misunderstood’.

The official synopsis by the platform reads:

“For the first time and exclusively, Anelka revisits the entirety of his career, in a documentary which covers 40 years of a richly lived life. Nicolas Anelka reveals all and describes the life of a professional footballer at a time when football and business join together. The pressure, the money, the glory, the betrayals, the sobering reality of the trade process, relationships with coaches, competitiveness and even hatred between players.”

Anelka’s career was anything short of ordinary. He signed for Arsenal as a 17-year-old in 1997 for £500,000, a fee that would prove tiny later on.

He progressed quickly and became an important part of the team, scoring 17 goals during the 1998-99 season as a teenager. He subsequently left Arsenal for a £22.3 million fee to join Real Madrid, but this move proved a failure.

What followed was a constant jump to different clubs, with decent spells at Manchester City, Bolton Wanderers and Chelsea.

The player will revisit all the highs and lows of his controversial career in the new documentary, which comes out on August 5.

Here’s the trailer for ‘Anelka: Misunderstood’:

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