Former Leeds fan favourite Max-Alain Gradel scores in 5-1 international win

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Max-Alain Gradel scored for the Ivory Coast against Sierra Leone yesterday afternoon.

It would be fair to say that Max Gradel was something of a fan favourite at Leeds United. During his time at Elland Road he played 85 games, scoring 25 times and became popular with fans with his exciting displays for the club.

But he left Leeds after two and a half seasons in 2011. He moved to Saint-Etienne in France where he soon became equally as popular.

Recently the 26-year-old was tentatively linked with a move back to Leeds, rumours starting about a year ago. No deal ever came together and he has instead gone on to make a niche for himself in Ligue 1.

He is also now a regular in the Ivory Coast national team.

Yesterday he was at hand to help his nation secure a vital win against Sierra Leone.

Gradel placed away an excellent finish to make it 3-1 for The Elephants and open a gap between them and the Leone Stars.

Leeds fans will think fondly of when Gradel used to score goals like this for them and perhaps vaguely hope he still might do one day in the future.

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