'Lord' Bendtner now officially a lord
Arise, Lord Nicklas Bendtner.
Danish magazine SE Og HØR has decided to make the famously self-confident striker’s nickname “Lord” factually accurate, by purchasing a square foot of land in the west of Scotland and registering it in the 27-year-old’s name.
You guessed it, that made him a bonafide Lord of Glencoe.
And it seems Lord Bendtner is delighted with the situation.
“We have seen it, and Nicklas think it’s a fun gimmick,” said Elisa Lykke, Bendtner’s PR agent.
“We have asked to be sent a receipt and we are pleased that it supports a nature conservation area.”
But the former Arsenal striker wasn’t always so keen on his nickname though.
“The problem with this (nickname) is that I do not know where it comes from and understand if it is funny,” the Wolfsburg player told German newspaper Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung.
“Am I being ridiculed? Is it serious?
“I think it is a phenomenon of the youth (on social media). They think that sounds good.”
While he might not be sure how the nickname came about, it is likely to be linked to his supreme self-confidence which has led him to declare — among other things — that he is among the best strikers in the world.
During his stint at Arsenal, Arsene Wenger once sent the team to French psychologist Jacques Crevoisier to determine their level of self-confidence.
Never seen before
Describing the test, Crevoisier said it was to measure “self-perceived competence” — that is, how good the player himself thinks he is.
He said: “On a scale up to nine, Bendtner got 10!”
“We have never seen that before. (Then-Arsenal assistant manager) Pat Rice was sitting next to me and couldn’t stop laughing.”
“When Bendtner misses a chance, he is always genuinely convinced that it wasn’t his fault. You might say that’s a problem, and to a certain degree it can be.”