Cissé calls time on career
Former AJ Auxerre and Olympique de Marseille striker Djibril Cisse has announced his retirement from the game.
Cisse, 35, had first said his career was over in October 2015 due to him requiring a hip replacement.
However, after having a successful operation last year, the former Liverpool forward started training with his first club, Auxerre, earlier this season in a bid to return to the game.
He has finally had to admit defeat, however, bringing an end to a career that started in Auxerre with a 14-minute substitute appearance on 20 March, 1999, in a Ligue 1 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain.
WATCH: Cissé's last Ligue 1 goal, the equaliser in a 2-2 draw at FC Sochaux-Montbéliard
"I have loved being a footballer. Up till now, the ball was my whole life. I would have liked to have continued my career, which was interrupted in spite of me, but I have to admit today that football is finished," Cisse, who scored nine goals in 41 appearances for France, told Yahoo Sport.
Cissé played 209 Ligue 1 games for Auxerre, OM and SC Bastia, for whom he made his last professional appearance in a 3-0 defeat in Marseille on the final day of the 2014-15 season. He scored 96 top-flight goals.