Appearances: 33 official games
France international caps: 69
He played at Real Madrid for just a single season but had a crucial role to play in their eighth European Cup. Nicolas Anelka arrived at the club in the summer of 1999 from Arsenal, where he had just been voted the Premier League's best young player. An elegant forward with an effortless stride, he could pull off his man with ease and was quick to run in behind.
He played 33 games for the Whites, scoring 7 times, and two of those goals wrote themselves straight into the Real Madrid history books in the European Cup. Both came in the semi-finals against Bayern Munich in the Champions League 99/00. The first leg at the Bernabéu saw the Frenchman net to make it 1-0 and in the second he silenced the Olympic Stadium in Munich with a wonderful headed effort which quashed any threat of a German comeback and sealed the madridistas' path to the final.
In Paris on the 24th of May 2000, Anelka was in the starting eleven against Valencia as Real Madrid romped to a 3-0 victory to lift La Octava. It proved to be the French forward's final game as a madridista, as he made the move to PSG just weeks later.
1 European Cup
1 World Cup with the French national team