• Pictures from the career of Nicolas Anelka after the striker tells Steve Clarke he wants to quit football. Picture credit: WBA
  • Nicolas Anelka burst onto the scene as a 17-year-old at the U20 World Cup.
  • Prompting Arsenal to pay £500,000 for the Paris St Germain teenager.
  • The Frenchman was an instant hit with the Gunners.
  • Winning the 1999 PFA Young Player of the Year award.
  • Before a £23m move to Real Madrid.
  • Anelka won the Champions League in 2000.
  • And helped France win Euro 2000.
  • He rejoined hometown club Paris St Germain the same year.
  • But was on the move again two years later, this time on loan to Liverpool.
  • A permanent switch to Manchester City followed.
  • Before a move to Turkey with Fenerbahce in January 2005.
  • Anelka was back in the Premier League a year later, this time with Bolton.
  • And his goalscoring form earned him a move to Chelsea in 2008 and more silverware followed.
  • But at the end of the season Anelka opted for a lucrative move to China with Shanghai Shenhua.
  • The Frenchman became unsettled with life in Asia became keen on a move back to Europe.
  • In January 2013, Anelka joined Juventus on a five-month loan deal...
  • ...but played only three matches, two in Serie A and one in the Champions League.
  • The striker joins Steve Clarke's West Bromwich Albion team for the upcoming Premier League season. Picture credit: WBA
  • Anelka features in the first Premier League game of the season but later announces his retirement following the death of his close friend and agent.

Nicolas Anelka career

Pictures from the career of Nicolas Anelka after the striker tells Steve Clarke he wants to quit football. Picture credit: WBA