Where is Djibril Cisse now?
The enigmatic and sometimes colourful French striker Djibril Cisse retired from playing in February 2017 after attempting to make a comeback from his original retirement in 2015.
Although injuries often hampered his career, he still won the Champions League and FA Cup with Liverpool and the Conferederations Cup with the French national team.
The Champions League win in 2005 was made all the sweeter for Cisse as he was ruled out for the season after a horrific leg break in October 2004 but made a remarkable return after just eight months out and scored one of the penalties in the shoot-out.
In 2015, not long after retiring, Cisse was a participant in the French version of Dancing with the Stars but was the first celebrity to be eliminated.
He also started a new career as a DJ and producer spinning tunes for Mariah Carey as a warm-up for her Paris show in 2016 and at one point he also had his own clothing range called Mr. Lenoir.
In July 2017 Cisse came out of retirement to join Swiss third division side Yverdon Sport FC for one season scoring 24 goals in 28 appearances but has now finally hung up his boots.
He now continues with his DJ’ing career across European dance venues.
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Djibril Cisse was a guest on Sky Sports programme The Fantasy Football Club in March 2017 where he picked the eleven best players he had ever played with in their #One2Eleven section of the show.
GK – Fabien Barthez – one of the best ever French goalkeepers. Great with his feet and made magnificent saves. He really looked after me when I first came into the national team.
RB – Lilian Thuram – the type of player every coach would like to have in their team. Speed, strength and could score too.
CB – Marcel Desailly – he was like a big brother to us. We used to call him ‘The Rock’.
CB – Phillipe Mexes – we played together at Auxerre and he was one of the best at one vs. one defending. He was also really good in the air and would always get you 3-5 goals a season.
LB – Bixente Lizarazu – he was a short guy who was very strong and could jump surprisingly high. Very effective offensively and could get up and down the pitch very well.
DM – Patrick Vieira – he was a hard worker who could get up and down the pitch. He was a physical presence but could also play really nice football too.
DM – Claude Makelele – not very big and not a great scorer of goals but for me he was the best defensive midfielder in the world at the time. Even Zidane said that he wouldn’t have had the same career without Makelele behind him.
RW – Franck Ribery – we played together at Marseille. He was quick and skilful and very unpredictable.
LW – John Arne Riise – it’s important to have a player who can play in many positions and John was one of those. He had such a powerful shot and scored some amazing goals.
AM – Zinedine Zidane / Steven Gerrard – Zidane was the definition of football. Every pass was perfect and the way he controlled the ball was an art. It was an honour to play with Steven Gerrard who was a great captain.
Striker – Thierry Henry – what he achieved for France and for Arsenal was amazing. He wasn’t at all selfish and would always provide an assist if he could.
Djibril Cisse: Premier League Statistics
|Premier League Teams Played for||Liverpool, Queens Park Rangers, Sunderland|
Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com