Chelsea forward Nicolas Anelka has the football world on tenter hooks with the imminent release of his audacious autobiography Its not me. Its everyone else. Which critics are are already labelling shocking and compelling.
The book, which details Anelkas rise from Parisian street urchin to World Cup winner certainly pulls no punches, firing broadsides at former team mates from Real Madrid, Arsenal, Manchester City, Paris St German, Liverpool and Galatasary.
I wasnt accepted anywhere I went. Says Anelka with heart breaking honesty.
In it Anelka exposes the bullying tactics employed by multi national clubs world wide and holds a mirror to the ugly face of football. Some critics have even labelled it the sports equivilent to Nelson Mandelas Long Walk to Freedom.
However none of the targets suffer the wrath of Anelka as much as former team mate Patrick Vieira, whom Anelka describes as a world class git.
In excerpts to be serialised in the Guardian Anelka reveals:
My career at Arsenal was going from strength to strength until the day I crossed Vieira, who was better known in the Arsenal dressing room as Le Long. I was playing against Fulham at Highbury and I remember receiving a ball from Bergkamp, then rounding the keeper with ease and, with the goal wide open, somehow managing to screw the ball wide at the last minute. It only happened because the sun was in my eyes. It wasnt my fault! Anyway Vieira gave me a glare and I knew I was in trouble, afterwards in the showers he tore into me and I just snapped, I knew I shouldnt have, but I called him a lanky limbed boombaclart.
At first he just stared at me with his hollow eyes. Then..
Just like that he slapped me across the face with his penis. Just once. But it knocked me back a few steps. It was like being struck by a wet kipper. No one could believe what they saw! Can you imagine how embarrassing it is to be smacked across the face with a 14″ pork sword in front of your team mates? It was the worst moment of my life. No one said anything for what seemed like an eternity, the silence was only broken when Ashley Cole asked Is it my turn? It was then I knew I had to leave. When Wenger found out what hed done he merely high fived him and shouted And thats why hes the captain. POW! Look at that thing!
Anelkas book reveals how he only regained his confidence eventually playing alongside Paul Dickov at Manchester City. He could fit it in a polo. Anelka reveals.
However not all are sympathatic to Anelkas plight. Diagne Ndour, Vieiras life long agent and business partner, described Anelkas book as a disgrace.
Ndour wrote on his website that, if anything, Anelka should be privileged that he was allowed to touch Vieiras chopper:
In our country it is a great honour to be shown, let alone come into contact with Patrick Vieiras porridge chucker. Instead of painting my client as a tyrant Mr Anelka should be apologising for sullying my clients penis with his miserable, miserable face.
Patrick Vieira is yet to comment on these accusations.