Nicolas Anelka Scores 50th Chelsea Goal: Looking Back on the Wonderful Times

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Nicolas Anelka Scores 50th Chelsea Goal: Looking Back on the Wonderful Times
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Nicolas Anelka celebrate his 50th Chelsea goal

When Nicolas Anelka rolled the ball into the bottom corner of the goal against Spartak Moscow on Tuesday night, it was his 50th goal scored in the Chelsea blue.

Despite playing for seven previous clubs, (Paris Saint Germain twice, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Fenerbahce, Liverpool, Manchester City and Bolton Wanderers), Anelka had never reached the 50-goal mark for any single side.

Signed from Bolton for £15m in January 2008, Anelka (who converted to Islam in 2004, taking the name Abdul-Salam Bilal) came with a reputation for being a somewhat moody character. Nicknamed "Le Sulk," his mood swings had become legendary within the game and often brought him into conflict with his managers. A prime example is his recent ostracising from the French national side.

At Chelsea, however, he seems to have finally found a home. He is enjoying his football and has become an integral part of Carlo Ancelotti's side.

This slideshow presents an overview of Anelka's time with the Blues.

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