Djibril Cisse retires from football at 34

Djibril Cisse

Former French international Djibril Cisse has retired from the beautiful game of football at the age of 34.

The former Liverpool striker like compatriot Nicolas Aneka is a well travelled footballer as he played for 12 different clubs during his 17-year career and won 41 caps for his country.

The 34-year-old who is famously remembered for breaking his leg twice, had been without a team since leaving Ligue 1 side Bastia at the end of last season and confirmed last night that he had hung up his boots.

“The body says stop, now it’s over,” he told Canal+. “I can’t practice high-level football.”

Cisse was Ligue 1’s top scorer in 2001-02 and 2003-04 as Auxerre’s striker and also the Greek Super League’s top marksman in 2010 and 2011 while playing for Panathinaikos.

His most successful spell in England was with Liverpool between 2004 and 2007 when. Cisse won the Champions League and UEFA Super Cup in 2005 and the FA Cup in 2006 with Liverpool in a very successful spell that lasted between 2004 and 2007.