Lionel Messi won the World Cup at 35, Cristiano Ronaldo scored more than 20 goals in a season at 37, and Luka Modric again won the Champions League at the same 36-37 and again took the medal with the World Cup.

Nicklas Bendtner was given a ton of advances, but his career was far from being that bright. "I liked the lifestyle that comes with money too much. I want to go back in time and hit that young guy on the head with a hammer," he lamented.

He just turned 35 years old. Lord hasn't played football for a long time.
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The last time I was on the field was in 2019, and I ended my career a year and a half ago

Bendtner has not been in official matches at a high level since November 2019. He was ending his career in Copenhagen - he left with a 1:4 score against Midtjylland for the remaining 16 minutes and said goodbye to football.

Bendtner could still play in China, but the pandemic ruined everything. Instead of conquering a new culture, he descended into the Danish underground - he signed a contract with the Thornby team from the fourth division. Few followed his adventures there.

Bendtner had not been in the elite leagues for a long time, and football seemed to have bored Bendtner just as long ago. In June 2021, he officially retired at 33.
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What I've been doing since Infiltrating esports and participating in a prank show

Saying goodbye to football, Niklas said that he was working on obtaining a coaching license. It's been a year and a half, and we have yet to see Bendtner, the coach.

And it would be fun to watch, given his character. And especially after Emmanuel Adebayor's revelations about discipline:

"We respected every club rule. The only player who didn't respect
anything was Bendtner. If they tell him, "don't wear sweatpants in the
locker room," he will wear them. If we are told to take off our
T-shirt before entering the sauna, he will trample there in a

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And what happened to Niklas after his career?

-He lost his car due to seven traffic violations. The incident occurred in April 2021, and six months later, a Danish court arrested his Porsche Taycan Turbo S and ordered him to pay a fine of 4,600 pounds (about 380,000 rubles at the exchange rate now).

-The most famous is investing in eSports. Bendtner registered a company whose goal is developing young people in this direction. He said that within 10-20 years, esports would become one of the biggest sports in the world. "It would be foolish of me not to invest in it at a relatively early stage when it can still be done without spending very, very big money," said the ex-player.

In November 2022, he played in the Blast Final Fall CS:GO show match for the "Denmark team" against the "dream team". The score was 6:9; with him, it became 13:16 – Bendtner scored four points.

-He participated in the announcement of the composition of the Danish national team for the 2022 World Cup.
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He played at the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 - he scored in both tournaments.

-He starred in the show "Niklas Pranker," - where the Dane plays pranks on his friends and random people on the street. "In the end, everyone will laugh," is the caption. They took "Setup" as a reference point - Ashton Kutcher's TV show aired on MTV in the early 2000s.

Six episodes of Bendtner are already available. On YouTube, they are in Danish, but in general, the plot can be understood without translation, and at the same time, you can see how Bendtner looks off the field now.

This is just what he could do all his life.

-Lorde is also active on social media. Those who subscribed to Bendtner did not get bored.

There was also a mental break, for example, in beautiful landscapes.
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And such a home style.
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But rest is also active.
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Both in water and in snow.
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And also beautiful.
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And luxurious too.
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Yes, like a complete vacation. And what, he has a right.
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Did Bendtner talk about football? Yes, but not often

More like remembering stories. For example, on his first day at Juventus, when he was looking for teammates: "I found 10 or 12 guys in the toilet. They drank coffee, chatted, enjoyed the company, and smoked. I felt like I would have a great time here."

Or he remembered calling Arsene Wenger names to get out of Arsenal - and it didn't work.

The memories did not concern football. Bendtner said he almost lost 400 thousand pounds in a casino and money in poker.

"Now I am satisfied with my place in life. I'm not in a hurry. There
is a plan and an understanding of where I am moving. I am delighted
and have almost everything I could only dream of. Given that football
is no longer a part of my life," he said in an interview with
Soundvenue last fall.

What will happen to the coaching? "I think that before I turn 40-45 years old, I will lead my first club," Bendtner said three years ago, but so far, he has not seemed to be moving in this direction.

35 has already passed. Can we wait another five years?