Denmark’s leading striker is almost as famous for his over-confidence as he is for his goal scoring and he has struggled to live up to his own billing down the years.
Bendtner has long been keen to tell reporters that he is ‘one of the best strikers in the world’, yet his indifferent performances in Arsenal colours rarely provided evidence that he was anything more than an average club performer. His hit and miss season while on loan at Sunderland in recent months has hardly banished the notion that Bendtner is not as good as he thinks he is.
Since making his scoring debut as a raw 18-year-old in August 2006, Bendtner has been a reasonably consistent scorer for the national team, though the suspicion that he does not use the physical assets he has been blessed with to the best effect is often expressed.
Tall, powerful and speedy, Bendtner has all the raw ingredients to be one of the most dangerous strikers in Europe, but he flatters to deceive far too often.
Strengths: Tall and strong, he is able to hold opponents off the ball and has a good eye for a pass. He can make a real impact off the bench and has an aerial threat boosted by a terrific jump.
Weaknesses: His finishing has come under the microscope after some high-profile misses, while his attitude has also been questioned. Accused of arrogance.
Career high: Scoring his first Premier League goal - the winner against Tottenham in December 2007 - and picking up the record for the fastest goal ever scored by a substitute (1.8 seconds).
Career low: Fighting with Emmanuel Adebayor on the pitch against Tottenham in the Carling Cup in January 2008. Or wearing pink boots at the end of that year.
Style: Confident, powerful, pacy, a physical presence up front.
Quotes: "One of the categories is called 'self perceived competence' - i.e. how good the player himself thinks he is. On a scale up to 9, Bendtner got 10! We have never seen that before. Pat Rice was sitting next to me and couldn't stop laughing" - Arsenal sport psychologist Jacques Crevoisier on Nicklas Bendtner's self belief, February 2011
Trivia: When Bendtner decided to swap his number from 26 to 52 for the 2009-10 season, he offered to pay for all the Arsenal fans who had bought his shirt to have the number changed.