Nicolas Anelka Once Demolished England While Wearing Goalie Gloves And It's Still The Biggest Flex
Nicolas Anelka completely dominated England 22 years ago today - and he did so while sporting a pair of goalkeeper gloves.
Anelka started up front for France against the Three Lions and scored both goals in a dominant 2-0 victory.
France boasted legendary superstars such as Zinedine Zidane among their ranks, but the big talking point was Anelka's attire.
Rocking a pair of black and white Adidas gloves, he managed to put Howard Wilkinson's side to the sword with a pair of lovely finishes.
Very Good Goals v England, Part 4: 1999, Zizou takes out the entire England defence with one touch & Anelka (in goalie gloves) scores pic.twitter.com/NYogHDqKPI- One Ball For Gazza (@OneBallForGazza) October 14, 2016
Zidane had been a vital play in France's World Cup triumph the previous year and he produced a lovely assist for the opening goal after hooking it round the corner.
Anelka then ran on to coolly slot past Nigel Martyn for France's first-ever goal at Wembley.
His second came once again thanks to Zidane's genius, with the current Real Madrid manager sending Christophe Dugarry down the touchline.
Dugarry then put the ball back into the box for Anelka to comfortably put home.
Remember that game Nicolas Anelka wore Goalie Gloves for no apparent reason? pic.twitter.com/QOuOsLUhIY- 90s Football (@90sfootball) June 17, 2019
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Hasenhuttl's handwear reminds me of when Anelka scored twice against England at Wembley in 1999 wearing what appeared to be goalie gloves pic.twitter.com/DHjc2ACOTi- Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) February 5, 2020
Watching the new Anelka documentary on Netflix.- :soccer::computer::microphone2::radio: (@ketchell) August 5, 2020
Misunderstood? Controversial? You better believe it. Here he is scoring goals at Wembley wearing keeper gloves pic.twitter.com/ah1CD8t6su
Remember when Anelka wore keeper gloves because he was cold? pic.twitter.com/MaBS8eAkaL- Dave Black (@cm9798) June 5, 2018
Even football's governing body have become intrigued by the former Premier League winner's fashion choice.
FIFA speculated on their website back in 2012: "Had L'Enfant Terrible wanted to set a trend in a city preparing for that month's London Fashion Week by bizarrely wearing goalkeeping gloves, he failed.
"Anelka did, however, certainly look the part in footballing terms."
Featured Image Credit: PA Images & @Sid_Lambert/Twitter
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