Bendtner dated manager’s daughter after winning team-mate bet – and fell for her

Former Arsenal striker, Nicklas Bendtner, once accepted a bet to approach Steve Bruce's daughter; after chatting to her, however, he ended up falling for her.

When Bendtner arrived in North London – from Copenhagen – he was a fresh-faced 16-year-old who had built a reputation as an outstanding prospect.

And, Arsenal opted to send him out on loan to Bruce's Birmingham City side, in 2006, so the young Dane could gain some first-team experience in the Championship.

It was at Birmingham where he first met Bruce's daughter – Amy Bruce – at a charity event, and after he accepted several bets from his teammates, he approached her.

"All of a sudden, I bet £1,000 with people like McSheffrey, Clemence and Johnson, who's our captain," Bendtner recalled to Politiken.

"It could have been expensive if she couldn't stand me."

Luckily for Bendtner, Bruce took a shine to him, and the pair began to see each other not too long after.

The Danish international later claimed he had forgotten about the bet, and even felt guilty when receiving his winnings: "contrary to the plan, I went and fell in love with Amy."

Birmingham were having a great season on the pitch too, and they finished second and gained automatic promotion to the Premier League.

And Bendtner, himself, was firing on all cylinders; he bagged 13 goals, including one memorable strike against Colchester for the Blues.

Their relationship ended in 2008, and Bendtner retired on Thursday morning, at just 33-year-old, after finishing his career in his native Denmark.

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