Nicklas Bendtner needs to leave football – 5 things he should try his hand at next
In the latest blow to the theory that you can become an elite footballer just by believing in yourself, Nicklas Bendtner has been let go by Wolfsburg.
The former Arsenal striker, who famously once scored 10 out of 9 on a self-confidence test (no, that's not a typo), has left the Bundesliga club after starting just one match since the turn of the year.
Often in such circumstances, we'd look to identify some other football clubs where the player might want to continue his career, but Lord Bendtner is above the usual responses.
And besides, for someone who thinks so highly of himself, the Dane really hasn't achieved what he might have done on the pitch, so perhaps it's time for a career change.
Here are a few of the fields in which we can see Bendtner thriving.
Yes, that's right, hat-making.
Bendtner has forever been a fashion icon, but we have never seen a man with such great aerial ability who is seemingly so committed to headgear.
Don't believe us, here's just a small suggestion from his Instagram page.
We've got Cowboy Bendtner
And even... well, we're not sure how to describe this.
With that amount of variety, we can't wait to see what he can produce when left to his own devices.
2) Pop Music
Bendtner gives off the aura of someone who would be the first to volunteer on any karaoke night, though we've not decided whether his song of choice would be a word-perfect rendition of 'C'est La Vie' by B*Witched or a moody, deadly-serious version of Robbie Williams' 'Rudebox', chosen to show how he has seen the hidden meaning behind the underappreciated classic.
Put simply, he is the Darius Campbell (né Danesh) of football. A maverick who is simply too talented for his own generation, who fans will look back upon as a misunderstood genius who would have thrived if only the world was ready for him.
He might need to work on his projection, though. It's like he's not even trying here.
3) Mysterious street art
While we may have established that those prone to sharing inspirational quotes online are less intelligent than the average person, but we're willing to bet Bendtner is the exception that proves the rule.
Sure, he's posted the odd #makeuthink image, but we're convinced it's all part of a grander plan.
You are what you think pic.twitter.com/FekNRKhRTB
— Nicklas Bendtner (@bendtnerb52) February 25, 2013
Ok, it's not just 'the odd image'.
But have you stopped to think Bendtner might be setting himself up for a career as a Danish Banksy, daubing the streets of Copenhagen with his own brand of satire and social commentary.
In fact, can we really rule out the idea that Bendtner *is* Banksy? Have you ever seen the pair of them in the same room? That's what we thought.
There's a thin line between bravery and stupidity, and Bendtner has not so much flirted with it throughout his career as he has cooked it a candlelit dinner, taken it to a rooftop bar and gone for a drunken late-night unicycle ride with it on his shoulders, fifty storeys off the ground (that's right, we do meta-jokes now).
In much the same way that knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit yet wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad, Bendtner has been wrangling with the idea that, just because something counts as an animal, you don't automatically need to pet it.
If you were to pick a footballer who wanted his own personal tiger, we know who'd come top of the list.
But away from that, here he is with a turtle...
Nicklas Bendtner wearing a Snake pic.twitter.com/mdE6O6htty
— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) December 11, 2014
And a ram.
We apologise for nothing.
5) The House of Lords
It's a bit of an obvious one, but they don't call him Lord Bendtner for nothing.
Wait, what's that, they do call him Lord Bendtner for nothing?
Regardless, we can picture the 28-year-old lying back on his Westminster pew, feet up, smoking a pipe and sipping brandy as he tries to impress business leaders with tales about that scruffy six-yard tap-in he scored while on loan to Birmingham City.
Now, cynics might argue he has no place there, but he's more qualified for the British Parliament than he was for a title-winning Juventus side, yet here we are.
Bendtner & Anelka pic.twitter.com/BcynRGqGwa
— Juventus (@JuventusFF) July 26, 2013