We’ll forgive you if you don’t feel sorry for Nicklas Bendtner earning so-called ‘starvation wages’ in one of Europe’s most understated leagues, as reported by Ekstra Bladet.
After all, the jet-setting, millionaire’s lifestyle is hardly worthy of a player who has found the net just seven times in league football since the beginning of 2012/13.
Almost inevitably, Lord Bendtner’s spell at Nottingham Forest proved brief indeed. More brief, in fact, than even most pessimistic of City Ground matchgoers may have expected.
Arriving in the East Midlands after having his contracted terminated by former club Wolfsburg (sporting director Klaus Allofs kicked him out and called him a ‘menace’ according to Goal) the self-appointed Great Dane mustered just two goals in 16 appearances.
Although, at least that’s more than he managed during a forgettable and entirely baffling loan spell with Juventus.
As a result, a player who has somehow blagged a long and winding career spread across three major European leagues is finally starting to see the big chances and the lucrative lifelines dry up. According to the BBC, the former Arsenal prospect has moved to a league champion – albeit Rosenberg, the relative giants of Norwegian football.
And, according to Ekstra Bladet, Bendtner will be earning ‘starvation wages’ of just £450,000 a year or, in other, more startling words, £8,500 a week. A mind-boggling sum to us mere mortals but pocket change to top level footballers and comfortably the lightest pay packet of his professional career.
At 29, this already feels like the beginning of an end to a career that never really got going.