The Moment Nicklas Bendtner Became A Guinness World Record After Coming On As Substitute In 2007
You might be surprised to learn that the fastest goal ever scored by a Premier League substitute was recorded by Nicklas Bendtner.
The Danish striker, who celebrates his 32nd today, has played for the likes of Arsenal, Wolfsburg, Rosenborg and Juventus in a career spanning over 15 years.
He's also represented his country 81 times and scored 30 times; all very respectable records.
But for us, a moment against Arsenal's bitter rivals Tottenham on 22 December 2007 is his biggest achievement to date.
Both teams looked destined to share the spoils at the Emirates.
But super sub Bentdner decided to turn the game on its head in a matter of seconds.
After entering the fray for Emmanuel Eboue in the 76th minute, the great dane recorded the fastest goal scored in Premier League history with a cultured header to make it 2-1.
Arsenal went on to secure all three points but more importantly, as a result of his lightning quick header in the second half, Bendtner was in the record books.
Bendtner, who scored 45 goals in 171 appearances for Arsenal, joined hometown club FC Copenhagen last year but his first training session was far from successful.
He was filmed struggling to find the net in a quite excruciating clip.
The 32-year-old is now a free agent after Copenhagen decided against extending his contract.