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Mali’s ex-Juventus star retires

Former Liverpool and Juventus  midfielder, Momo Sissoko, has  announced his retirement from

The ex-Mali international, who turns  35 on January 22, last played in the  French second-tier for Sochaux last  season.

“If I am here this evening, it is to  tell you that it is the end for me,”  Sissoko told French television
channel RMC Sport.

“I stop my career. It is a decision really difficult to take and to say.”

Sissoko featured for 14 clubs  including European sides Liverpool,  Valencia, PSG, Juventus, Fiorentina
and Livante and won seven trophies.

During his time with Valencia he won  a La liga title, the European Super  Cup as well as the now-defunct UEFA  Cup.

That success led to a move to English  Premier League side Liverpool in 2005  where he won another European Super  Cup and the FA Cup.

After falling out of favour with then  Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez he  moved to Italian giants Juventus.

The France-born players first  professional French club was was  Paris Saint-Germain, where he won the Ligue 1 title.

Sissoko also won the French Ligue 1  with PSG and the English FA cup, UEFA  super cup and FA community shield  with Liverpool.

Following his release by PSG in 2013  his club career became somewhat  nomadic with a spell back in Spain at  Levante, before moving to Asia where  he played for Chinese outfit Shanghai  Shenhua and Indian club Pune City.

He then returned to Europe and the  Italian second-tier as he signed for  Ternana, where he spent just three  weeks before going back to Asia and  Indonesian side Mitra Kukar.

His journey then took him to central  America and a stint at Mexican club  Atletico San Luis in 2017.

Sissoko’s final two clubs were  Kitchee in Hong Kong and then finally  a short time at French side Sochaux,  who he signed a six-month deal with  in January last year.

He was born in France but committed  his international future to his  country of origin Mali and made his  debut for the Eagles in 2004.

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Sissoko made 34 appearances for Mali  scoring two goals, and he helped the  Eagles to a third place finish at the  2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

In all he played at four Africa Cup  of Nations finals – 2004, 2008, 2010  and 2013.

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