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Ex-Premier League striker Cisse to focus on DJing after announcing retirement

The Frenchman also wants to spend his free time working as a pundit and developing his clothing range.

DJIBRIL CISSE HAS officially called time on his career as a professional footballer at the age of 35.

The flamboyant Frenchman, who made a name for himself at Auxerre, joined Liverpool for £14 million in the summer of 2004 and came back from a horrible leg break to win the Champions League in his first season — scoring a penalty in the famous shootout with AC Milan.

Cisse would spend three years on the books at Anfield before returning to his homeland with Marseille in 2007. He also had spells with Sunderland, Queens Park Rangers, Panathinaikos, Lazio and FC Kuban.

Soccer - FA Barclays Premiership - Liverpool v Blackburn Rovers - Anfield Cisse spent three years at Liverpool. Source: PA Archive/PA Images

At international level, the striker scored nine goals in 41 appearances for Les Bleus.

Although he originally announced his retirement in October 2015, Cisse was hoping to make a comeback after hip surgery last year and recently trained with his former club Auxerre.

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However, in an interview with Yahoo Sport, he revealed that he will now focus on DJing, punditry and his clothing range.

“I have loved being a footballer,” Cisse said. “Up until 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.

“I’m going to give myself body and soul to my career as a DJ, a producer, and as a pundit, as well as develop my line of clothing.”

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