Anelka: Singing in front of my team-mates was far scarier than anything on the pitch
08 April 2009 11:24
Nicholas Anelka dreaded having to sing in front of his Chelsea team-mates
Shy football star Nicolas Anelka has told of his scariest moment - having to sing in front of his Chelsea team-mates.
It happened when the French international striker moved to the West London club from Bolton in a £15million deal.
He was told he had to perform a song in front of the full Blues squad in a 'rites of passage' tradition.
But 30-year-old Anelka said he was petrified at the prospect.
Headded: 'There was more pressure doing that than anything in football,including taking a penalty. I had to stand on a chair above the otherplayers and perform.'
Anelka told Icon magazine he chose a French rap number.
A source said: 'It was quite a good choice because none of the other players could understand a word of it.'