Wolfsburg forward Nicklas Bendtner has said he is “tired of being portrayed as an idiot” in a personal interview with German football culture magazine 11 Freunde, that thought about asking:
Are you a nerd, Mr. Bendtner? Is it true that you, in a test in which your self-confidence was measured, you reached 11 although the scale only went to 10? Have you previously bullied other children? Are you lonely sometimes?
Helpfully translated by The Guardian, the striker is quoted as saying:
You can ask anyone at Wolfsburg: Is Nicklas in the gym before training? Is Nicklas always in the gym after training? And anyone would confirm that [I am]. I have even bought an exercise bike for my flat. That I am working hard is there for everyone to see.
I have always had a huge desire but perhaps not always the right perspective. I used to think that a forward’s responsibility was to score goals. Now I know that you have to run as well.
His ‘eleven out of ten’ self-confidence test score at Arsenal is apparently “bullshit”.
I don’t say yes to every interview request. I am tired of being portrayed as an idiot. And even journalists who I trust are not capable of describing in words what I am feeling when I am not playing.
Plus the Denmark international also confirms why he likened himself to a tiger last season:
The tiger stands at the end of the food chain. He eats to survive, without any compassion, he doesn’t even feel it. He is the predator par excellence, an animal of dangerous beauty.