Djibril Cisse Djibril Cisse announces retirement

Former France and Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse announced his retirement from professional football.

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Former France and Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse announced his retirement from professional football on Monday.

Cisse, 34, was in the headlines last week, denying allegations he was involved in a plot to blackmail former team-mate Mathieu Valbuena over sex tape footage.

He has been without a full-time club since the end of last season, when he left Ligue 1 outfit Bastia.

Cisse said on Monday he could no longer handle the demands of professional football.

"The body says stop, now it's over," he told Canal+.

"I can't practice high-level football."

Cisse's professional career started at Auxerre in 1998 and his goalscoring exploits led to a Liverpool move in 2004.

After his departure from Anfield, he spent time at numerous clubs " including Marseille, Sunderland, Panathinaikos and QPR.

Cisse represented France 41 times, scoring nine goals.

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