Sunderland derby hero Djibril Cisse hangs up his boots

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Sunderland derby hero Djibril Cisse has brought the curtain down on his playing career.

Striker Cisse netted home and away against Newcastle United during his season-long loan at Sunderland in 2008-09 - grabbing the opener at the Stadium of Light in the Black Cats’ first home win over the Magpies in 28 years, before also scoring in the reverse fixture at St James’s Park.

Since leaving Sunderland, Cisse - who commanded transfer fees in excess of £35million - has played for a further six clubs, including a six-month spell back in the Premier League at QPR.

But the ex-Liverpool man announced his retirement during a tearful interview on French television last night after reaching the end of his deal at Bastia.
Cisse said: “You have to listen to your body once in a while. It’s over, yes.

“I can not play at the highest level anymore, even for a short time.

“You have to know when to move on.”

Cisse was brought to Wearside by Roy Keane in the summer of 2008 on a season-long loan from Marseille, with a view to a big-money permanent switch.

The French international netted eight times before the turn of the year, but then the goals dried up for him in the second half of the season, and he was allowed to return to his homeland.