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A madcap ride through the wonder and terror of soccer.

France 2 Portugal 1 in 2000 in Bruges. Nicolas Anelka looks to get on the end of this cross in Group D at Euro 2000.

France 2 Portugal 1 in 2000 in Bruges. Nicolas Anelka looks to get on the end of this cross in Group D at Euro 2000.

Shaun Goater beats his team-mate Nicolas Anelka to the ball to head in Manchester City’s equaliser against Manchester United at Old Trafford in 2003.

Shaun Goater beats his team-mate Nicolas Anelka to the ball to head in Manchester City’s equaliser against Manchester United at Old Trafford in 2003.

France 2 Portugal 1 in 2000 in Brussels. Nicolas Anelka shoots for with Fernando Cueto diving in to stop him in the Semi Final at Euro 2000.

France 2 Portugal 1 in 2000 in Brussels. Nicolas Anelka shoots for with Fernando Cueto diving in to stop him in the Semi Final at Euro 2000.

Manchester United's Dutch goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar (L) saves a penalty from Chelsea's Nicolas Anelka to win the final of the UEFA Champions League football match against Manchester United at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow on May 21, 2008. The match remained at a 1-1 draw and Manchester won on penalties after extra time. AFP PHOTO / Adrian Dennis

Manchester United's Dutch goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar (L) saves a penalty from Chelsea's Nicolas Anelka to win the final of the UEFA Champions League football match against Manchester United at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow on May 21, 2008. The match remained at a 1-1 draw and Manchester won on penalties after extra time. AFP PHOTO / Adrian Dennis

France forward Nicolas Anelka beats Damien Duff to the ball during the FIFA 2010 World Cup Qualifier play off first leg between Republic of Ireland...

France forward Nicolas Anelka beats Damien Duff to the ball during the FIFA 2010 World Cup Qualifier play off first leg between Republic of Ireland...

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