El-Hadji Diouf
Thursday, August 29, 2019
El-Hadji Diouf

El-Hadji Ousseynou Diouf is a Senegalese football icon. Born on January 15, 1981 in Dakar, Senegal, Diouf started his professional career playing with French club Sochaux-Montbéliard for a season, namely 1998/1999 where he made 15 appearances for the team.

- In the next season 1999/2000, he moved to French team Rennes and though playing 28 matches, he scored only one goal. But in 2000, he was transferred to Lens, making a fantastic season, as he scored 18 goals in 54 matches. Two years later, he moved to the English Premier League side Liverpool for £10 million, but his journey there was not a success, as he scored only three goals in a total of 54 appearances for the Reds.  

- In 2005, he moved to the English side Bolton Wanderers and in January 2009, he was transferred to Blackburn Rovers; then in 2012 he joined Leeds United for two seasons.

- In 2015, he moved to the Malaysian club Sabah FA for one season, before he retired football.   

- With Senegal national team, Diouf made a stunning performance in the FIFA 2002 World Cup, where he led the Lions of Teranga to the quarter finals.

- Diouf was picked African Player of the Year two times in 2001 and 2002 and he was awarded the BBC Player of the Year in 2002.