Djibril Cisse: My life after football

Djibril Cisse: My life after football

Former Liverpool, Marseille and QPR striker Djibril Cisse gives a wide ranging interview discussing his time as a footballer, retirement and becoming a DJ.

Speaking to the Sun, the former striker noted for his hair and number of tattoo's says he only a small area on the inside of his thigh – the only remaining part of his body without a tattoo.

Djibril Cisse: My life after football

Cisse (right) won the 2005 Champions League with Liverpool

Speaking of body art, he said: “Once you start, it’s difficult to stop. My advice is don’t start.”

Cisse retirend after having a hip replacement operation which is just a number of things he did to his body during an injury prone career.

The 35-year-old who is now a DJ also has metal pins in both legs — broken while playing for Liverpool and France.

After failing to secure a contract with Auxerre in France, Cisse is now focused on developing and marketing his Mr Lenoir clothing range while stepping up his career as a DJ.

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The Frenchman says his biggest regret was his part in the 2010 World Cup strike which turned the French squad into national pariahs.

Djibril Cisse: My life after football

Djibril Cisse is now a DJ

One of his fundest memories is Liverpool’s famous penalty shootout triumph over AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League final.

Cisse gave a hint of how Steven Gerrard changed the course of the game at half-time when Liverpool were losing 3 - 0: “Stevie Gerrard’s half-time speech totally changed that game. It was the best speech I ever heard.

“He asked all the coaching staff, including boss Rafa Benitez, to leave the dressing room. And you need balls to do that. We were 3-0 down to AC Milan and Stevie just told us that he didn’t want to watch his club being humiliated.

"He said if we scored within the first 15 minutes of the second half, we would win — and he scored our first goal. He gave us the power to be European champions.”

Cisse's Liverpool career was spent under Benitez, who signed him from Auxerre in 2004 and sold him to Marseille two years later.

But the Frenchamn says he has no regrets as Benitez decided to sell him after deciding to alter the club's playing style which he would not fit into.

You can read the full interview HERE.


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