Offered a mixed reception at Arsenal since he made the breakthrough into the first team in 2008, the striker nonetheless made himself a key performer for his country.
Bendtner began his career in his homeland but joined Arsenal as a youngster in 2004. He first came to the fore with a good scoring spell on loan at Birmingham in 2006 and returned to Arsenal a year later to fight for his place in the first team. A youth international for Denmark, he made his debut for the senior side at just 18 years of age and has continued to develop into a fine striker, albeit prone to an occasional lack of judgment.
His off-pitch actions have caused controversy, as have suggestions that he is a disruptive influence in the dressing room, and at the end of a 2010-11 campaign in which he struggled for first-team opportunities it emerged he had decided to leave the Emirates.
Several moves outside the Premier League were touted, but on the final day of the window in August 2011 he made the move to Sunderland on a season-long loan deal where he was reunited with former Birmingham boss Steve Bruce.
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.