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    Former Liverpool Striker Retires

    Former Liverpool and France striker Djibril Cisse has officially announced his retirement from football at the age of 35.

    The former French International calls time on a 17-year career which began at French club Auxerre, and he endured a good spell at Liverpool where he was a popular figure, and also part of the famous 2005 Champions League penalty shootout victory over AC Milan in Istanbul.

    Cisse originally discussed retiring in October 2015, however he had surgery on his hip late in 2016 in a bid to continue playing, but has decided that now is the right time to finish playing.

    Cisse said; "I have loved being a footballer, up until now the ball was my whole life.

    "I would have liked to have continued my career, but I have to admit today that football is finished."

    Cisse unfortunately broke his leg during his three-year spell at Anfield which included 24 goals. He also scored one of the penalties that defeated AC Milan in Istanbul, and one of the goals in Liverpool's come from behind victory over West Ham United in the 2006 FA Cup Final.

    Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard paid a tribute to Cisse saying 'congratulations on your career mate.'

    Enjoy your retirement. Good luck.'

    Cisse plans to become a DJ, producer and pundit in his future career.

    As well as France, Auxerre and Liverpool, Cisse had spells with clubs such as Lazio, Marseille, Sunderland, Queens Park Rangers and Panathinaikos.

    He scored 248 club career goals, and 9 in 41 appearances for his country France.

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