Bendtner No Long A Lord
Former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has been given a new nickname by his team-mates at Norwegian side Rosenborg Trondheim.
The 29-year-old rolled up at the 24-time Norwegian champions following a disappointing spell at Championship side Nottingham Forest in the first half of this season. He signed a two-year deal following his release by Bundesliga side Wolfsburg, but he scored just twice in 17 games and for Forest and was sold in the January transfer window.
Rosenborg snapped up Bendtner for an undisclosed fee and so far he has found the Norwegian league more to his liking. The season has just started in Scandinavia and Rosenborg have a perfect record with four wins from their opening four games. Bendtner has already scored twice and is the side’s top scorer.
But after dubbing himself ‘Lord’ Bendtner during his time at Arsenal, the Denmark international now has a new nickname. Striker Mushaga Busenga is known as ‘Lord’ at Rosenborg and as team-mate Pal Andre Helland explained to Nettavisen they had to think of something else to call him.
“It is true that we have kings, lords and different titles of people in the dressing room,” said Helland.
“And Lord Bakenga ensured that the title was taken when Bendtner arrived. Anyway, we agreed that ‘Lord’ was too old a title for Nicklas.”
So ‘Lord’ Bendtner is now ‘Keiser’ Bendtner which translates from Norwegian as ‘Caesar’ or ‘Emperor’.
“He had no problems with that when he came to Trondheim,” added Helland and the Dane himself is happy with his new nickname.
“’Caesar’ is a great title. I am very pleased with it,” he said.
Rosenborg are already clear leaders of Norway’s top flight with a three-point gap between them and second-placed Molde. The side are going for their third consecutive league and cup double something that has never previously been done in Norway.