The previous France striker is the topic of a brand new documentary and spoke of the issues he had at Santiago Bernabeu
The previous France striker spent a 12 months within the Spanish capital after becoming a member of from Arsenal in 1999, however managed simply two objectives in 19 La Liga appearances and an extra two in 10 Champions League matches.
Anelka ended up returning to Paris Saint-Germain however was loaned to Liverpool for the 2001-02 marketing campaign, netting 4 Premier League objectives because the Anfield outfit completed second within the desk, and Manchester Metropolis snapped him up that summer time.
He admits in a brand new Netflix documentary that he wished to stick with the Reds a bit longer, whereas life at Santiago Bernabeu was insufferable.
“Liverpool followers assume I did not need to keep,” he mentioned.“They should know that that wasn’t the case. That episode was tragic for me. It is a membership the place I may have completed nice issues.”
On his spell in Spain, he added: “I understood what it meant to be a star once I joined Actual Madrid, and I hated it.
“After the press convention, I went to the altering room. I received there first, sat down, however gamers saved coming as much as me and saying: ‘That is my spot’. I’d say: ‘Oh, sorry. Can I sit right here?’ after which one other participant would come up and say: ‘That is my spot’.
“It occurred perhaps 20 instances. I simply thought: ‘What am I doing right here? That is going to be hostile’. What I skilled that day was only the start of the nightmare.
“There have been sacrifices to be made and I used to be too younger to grasp. There was a lot strain. I used to be within the press daily. On the pitch, issues weren’t nice. I could not have a personal life. I could not do something.
“You are 20, you may’t stroll down the road. All the things you do will get talked about, all the things you purchase is within the newspapers the subsequent day.”
Anelka additionally spent a season at West Bromwich Albion in the direction of the tip of his profession, however controversial “quenelle” celebration noticed him suspended for 5 video games and fined £80,000.
The 41-year-old says his gesture was a message to former coach Steve Clarke, fairly than an anti-Semitic salute.
“I am again within the workforce and the primary sport I play, I rating. So I do that celebration,” Anelka mentioned. “Individuals do not know it as a result of I by no means wished to speak about Steve Clarke, however once I do the quenelle, it is for him. For me, it wasn’t anti-Semitic, so I used to be shocked.”