Liverpool Champions League hero Djibril Cisse set to play final match

Bastia striker Djibril Cisse has announced that he will hang up his boots after Saturday's game against Marseille.

Regardless of his record as a striker at Liverpool, there is one thing you cannot take away from Djibril Cisse – he played in a Champions League final, and unlike a lot of players, he has lifted one of the most coveted prizes in world football.

The French striker travels with his SC Bastia teammates to the south of France today to take on one of his former teams on the final day of the Ligue 1 season. What makes the day even more special, Cisse has announced via his Instagram page that today will be the final day of his career.

His contract with Bastia is up at the end of the season, and with only seven appearances this season for the 33-year-old, as well as a host of injury problems, he has decided to hang up his boots rather than pursue a career elsewhere.

The hope is that he won’t be remembered for this season, but for what he achieved since he made his Ligue 1 debut against Paris Saint-Germain back in 1999.

It is extremely fitting that his final game will happen at the Stade Velodrome, something that the player called a “great honour” – Cisse spent two full seasons at OM, scoring 24 goals in 56 games. Marseille have already honoured him with a video on their website, and it will be interesting to see the reception on Saturday when he does play a part in the match.

The former Auxerre player will never be remembered with the same fondness at Liverpool, but they will always have Istanbul.

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