£10m former Liverpool forward released by Championship side - What next?

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El-Hadji Diouf is now a free agent after his release by Leeds United.

It is the World Cup this summer and while we will obviously be looking forward to seeing the big names like Messi, Suarez and Ronaldo in action there is always the chance for lesser known players to make a name for themselves - and even work themselves toward a big move.

One player who did just this 12 years ago was Senegalese forward El-Hadji Diouf. Then a RC Lens player he was sensational for The Lions of Teranga as they made it to the quarter finals at Korea/Japan.

Those performances saw Liverpool splash out a whopping £10 million on the player - Gerard Houllier hoping that he could help them soar toward Premier League glory.

However his attitude on and off the pitch was criticised during his time at the club and, after just two seasons and six goals, none of which came in his second campaign at the club, he was flogged to Bolton Wanderers.

He went on to spend time at Bolton, Sunderland, Blackburn Rovers, Rangers and Doncaster Rovers - before Neil Warnock, who once described him as a sewer rat, signed him for Leeds United in 2012.

But two years later and his Elland Road stay is over, after he was confirmed as one of the players released by Leeds this summer.

The 33-year-old is a controversial figure, but also an expensive one, and it would be tough to see a lower league team taking a chance on the divisive figure.

So who knows what lies ahead for the 33-year-old - and what lies ahead for the El-Hadji Diouf's who will emerge from this summer's World Cup.

But his tale shows that it is not all roses after impressing for a few summer weeks.

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