Where is El Hadji Diouf now?
Never far from controversy during his Premier League career, El Hadji Diouf retired from playing in 2015 after a short spell in the Malaysian second division with Sabah FA.
The Senegalese two-time former African player of the year winner will unfortunately be largely remembered by fans for his wrong-doings rather than his football ability.
His misdemeanours during his Premier League career included twice spitting at opposing fans, aggressive behaviour towards referees, diving and getting deliberately sent off so that he would be suspended from domestic competition and therefore able to represent Senegal.
Despite all of the troubles over his career Diouf still made nearly 500 first team appearances and won the League Cup with Liverpool and the Scottish Premier League with Rangers.
He also ended his career with 70 caps and 24 goals for Senegal and represented his country in the 2002 FIFA World Cup finals.
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Since retiring from playing Diouf has returned to Senegal and is currently working as a government goodwill ambassador and the President’s advisor on sport.
He also owns a gymnasium in the country’s capital Dakar and a daily sports newspaper called Sport 11 with plans to expand into radio and television stations at a later date.
In an interview in June 2017, Diouf criticised former team mates and Liverpool legends Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher.
He claimed that Gerrard ‘was afraid of looking in my eyes’ and said that although he respected him on the pitch, he disliked him off the pitch.
He was also disparaging of Carragher’s footballing ability saying that he felt sorry for him.
El Hadji Diouf: Premier League Statistics
|Premier League Teams Played for||Bolton Wanderers, Blackburn Rovers, Liverpool, Sunderland|
Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com