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Top Facts about Djibril Cisse, the Stylish French

Knowing a footballer’s personality off the field has always been of an interest to everyone, particularly the fans, and that’s what we’re going to be talking about in our Top Facts about Djibril Cisse.

Sportmob offers you the full story of a football player nicknamed "Blond Beard."

Djibril Cisse's Childhood Tale and Unknown Life Facts gives you a complete description of significant events from his boyhood to the present.

His life background before celebrity, his family life, and other details about him are all part of the writing.

Everybody is aware of his physical attributes and post-retirement profession, but few know about how he was raised and how he got involved in the world of football in the first place.

Bringing You the Top Facts about Djibril Cisse

These short facts would help you form an early image of Djibril Cisse.

Quick Facts

  • Full Name:

     Djibril Cisse

  • Nicknames:

     Blond Beard

  • Date of Birth:

     12 August 1981

  • Place of Birth:

     Arles, France

  • Age:


  • Nationality:


  • Height:

     1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)

  • Weight:

     78 kg

  • Marital Status:


  • Ex-wife: 

    Jude Littler

  • Position:


  • Current Team:

     Panathinaikos Chicago

  • Jersey Number:


Net Worth:


$35 million

Djibril Cisse Upbringing Years and Family Roots

Djibril Cisse was born in Arles, France, on August 12th, 1981. His mother, Karidiata Cisse, and father, Mangue Cisse, gave birth to him. Both parents are from Ivory Coast.

Ivory Coast is a western Sub-Saharan African country. It is bordered on the west by Liberia and Guinea, on the north by Mali and Burkina Faso, on the east by Ghana, and on the south by the Gulf of Guinea (Atlantic Ocean). 

A total of 64.8 percent of the land is used for agriculture, with arable land accounting for 9.1 percent, permanent pasture accounting for 41.5 percent, and permanent crops accounting for 14.2 percent.

Water contamination is one of the most serious problems that the country is now dealing with.

Ivory Coast was the world's leading exporter of cocoa beans in 2020, with strong revenue levels for the region.

The Ivorian economy has been mostly market-based in the twenty-first century, and it continues to rely significantly on agriculture, with smallholder cash-crop production dominating.

Djibril was his family's seventh and final child. He began kicking a ball as soon as he could walk, thanks to his father, a former football player, who ingrained in him the desire to play football as his sole sport, one of the Top Facts about Djibril Cisse.

Djibril Cisse Career Buildout

Young Djibril signed a schoolboy contract with his local football club, AC Arles, in 1989, when he was seven years old.

The contract was renewed every two years as he progressed and improved his team's football rank.

Cisse shifted between several club youth systems after seven years at the club in order to gain more experience.

In 1998, he was promoted to the first team of the Auxerre club youth system.

He joined AJ


at the age of 15. Cisse won the Coupe Gambardella, the Italian equivalent of the FA Youth Cup while playing for the youth squad in 1999.

The young footballer made his Ligue 1 debut as a substitute against Paris Saint-Germain on March 20, 1999, after being promoted to the first-team squad by coach Guy Roux.

His first goal came in a 2–1 loss against FC Metz at the opening of the 2000–01 season.

Cisse was the leading scorer in

Ligue 1

in 2001–02, scoring 22 goals in 29 games as Auxerre finished third and qualified for the 2002–03 UEFA Champions League.

His outstanding performance earned him a spot in the French national team's selection for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, one of the Top Facts about Djibril Cisse.

With 14 goals in 2002–03, the footballer was once again among the league's leading scorers.

In Auxerre's successful Coupe de France campaign, he produced six goals in six games, including two goals in the semi-final defeat of Stade Rennais and the equalizer in the 2003 Coupe de France Final victory over PSG.

The forward's most productive goalscoring season was 2003–04, when he netted 30 goals in all competitions, including 26 in Ligue 1, to win the golden boot for the second time.

He scored 70 goals in 128 league games for Auxerre before joining Liverpool in the summer of 2004 for a fee of over £14 million, another one of the Top Facts about Djibril Cisse.

Djibril Cisse Path to Prominence

Cisse scored five goals in 24 first-team games for


in all competitions during the 2004–05 season.

On October 30, 2004, he had just played 19 games for Liverpool when he was involved in a terrible accident while playing against Blackburn Rovers.

The striker's boot got stuck in the turf and his leg snapped while he was battling for the ball with Blackburn's Jay McEveley.

The outcome was a shattered tibia and fibula, according to physio Daryl Martin.

"It could take six to nine months for a recovery and the absolute worst-case scenario is 18 months...". 

Cisse later said that if it hadn't been for the quick treatment of the stadium trainers, he would have lost the leg below the knee, one of the

Top Facts about Djibril Cisse.

He scored 19 goals in all competitions during the 2005–06 season. Cisse had been linked with a move away from Anfield since the summer of 2005.

As the season progressed, speculation grew more intense. It was claimed in early June 2006 that a transfer to

Olympique de Marseille

had been agreed upon. 

The striker shattered his leg the same day, during France's final warm-up match against China on June 7, 2006.

Cisse's transfer was likely to be postponed until at least the January transfer window, despite the fact that a relatively speedy recovery was envisaged.

In July 2006, however, the two teams agreed to a loan agreement.

Marseille's president, Pape Diouf, said on July 7, 2007, that the club had reached an agreement with Liverpool to acquire Cisse on a permanent basis for an anticipated sum of €8 million.

He was linked with a return to the English Premier League in the following, with Blackburn Rovers, Wigan Athletic,

Tottenham Hotspur

, Portsmouth, and Bolton Wanderers all expressing interest.

Manchester City's approach for the French was turned down categorically by Marseille's coach, who said, "He is wanted, that is for sure, I myself have been approached by Manchester City (about Cisse), but I turned it down categorically".

Cisse scored a hat-trick in Marseille's 6–1 triumph over Caen on January 26, 2008.

Djibril Cisse Ascend to Prominence

Cisse signed a loan deal with


in the Premier League on August 20, 2008.

The former Liverpool striker scored the winning header on his debut against Tottenham to make it 2–1 to Sunderland at the same stadium where he had scored on his Liverpool debut.

He announced his wish to sign a permanent contract with the club a few days later.

"I'd be happy to break the transfer record if Djibril's doing the business", manager Roy Keane told The News of the World, expressing his desire to get Cisse.

Cisse scored his third Sunderland goal in the Tyne-Wear derby on October 25, 2008, as Sunderland won 2–1.

The 28 year old signed a four-year contract with Panathinaikos on June 25, 2009.

According to reports, the player would earn €2.5 million each year, with Marseille receiving an estimated €8 million transfer fee.

Taking into consideration the numerous perks, the total cost of the transfer was almost €20 million, one of the Top Facts about Djibril Cisse.

He scored his first goal in Greece against Ergotelis of Crete, and he quickly rose to become the team's new leader.

The great soccer player was the highest scorer in the Superleague in 2009–10. Cisse scored 23 goals in 28 games in his first season in Greece.

Cisse was transferred to Serie A club


for €5.8 million on July 12, 2011.

With the Italian club, he signed a four-year contract. On August 18, he made his UEFA Europa League debut, netting two goals in a 6–0 victory for the home side against FK Rabotnicki.

The Arles-born signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with Queens Park Rangers for an unknown sum on January 31, 2012.

Since taking over as manager, Mark Hughes has made four signings. On 1 February, he made his debut against Aston Villa in a 2–2 tie at Villa Park.

On June 28, 2013, Cisse departed QPR by mutual consent.

He joined Panathinaikos Chicago, an American fourth division amateur team, in April 2021, ahead of the 2021 season.

Djibril Cisse Personal & Love Life

Djibril Cisse had always been a focus for interracial dating because of his blonde hair, which attracted white ladies to him. People knew it was just a matter of time after he joined Liverpool that he would be hooked up.

The footballer began a serious relationship with Jude Littler, a former hairdresser who was born and raised on Anglesey, a Welsh island, just a few weeks after joining Liverpool.

He married his love on June 18, 2005. Shaun Wright-Phillips and Cisse's French national teammates Louis Saha and Sylvain Wiltord were among the famous guests for the wedding, which took place at Bodelwyddan Castle.

More importantly, one of the Top Facts about Djibril Cisse is that over 200 people attended the party, including some of the world's biggest names at the time, including

Steven Gerrard

, Zinedine Zidane, and Thierry Henry.

Cisse's outfit was one-of-a-kind, and every Liverpool fan appreciated it. He was married in a tuxedo in Liverpool's red, owing to his wife, a Liverpool supporter, who insisted on him wearing her team's colors.

Millionaire Cisse enjoyed a £100,000 fantasy wedding at Bodelwyddan Castle in 2005 before relocating to a Cheshire manor house, according to reports.

Cassius, Prince Kobe, and Marley Jackson were the couple's three children prior to their wedding. Cisse also has a daughter from a previous relationship, Ilona.

Due to infidelity, the couple separated in October 2014 after 7 years of marriage, another one of the

Top Facts about Djibril Cisse


Their joint ventures and her husband's money were fairly divided. Jude Littler, Cisse's ex-wife, commemorated her divorce with a party and a divorce cake depicting a beheaded groom, all without Cisse's knowledge.

She even took their children on a BBC5 show to discuss her sadness over the split, saying it had left her with a "pain that will never go away."

While Jude's appearance on the show received positive feedback on social media, she was also criticized by Twitter users who accused her and the other ladies on the show of being "gold diggers."

Cisse went on a Twitter rage after learning about the event, saying he was furious that Jude had allowed her three children to be seen on live TV while discussing her marriage.

Djibril Cisse commented three times in three different posts. He said:

“OMG, u go crying that u don’t have enough money to raise the kids and u go flashing on cars f…… Joke u r a disgr*ce.” Dont worry i will tell my side of the story. U cant full people like this u p*nk…“ Showing off the kids on national tv what a joke. This is a f….. Disgrace. I will not accept this c***.”

Both parties moved on for good after a considerable post-marriage argument.

Cisse later posted a photo of himself with his new girlfriend, Marie-Cecile Lenzini, on Instagram, writing: “After 4 years, u still talking about me? Get a life, do like me find love.”

Like his last wife, Marie-Cecile Lenzini became a lover and inherited the blonde beards. While Cisse moved on, he made certain that his children had the upper hand.

Cassius Cisse, Djibril Cisse's first child, is now following in his father's footsteps in football. He is currently a League One player.

Djibril Cisse is a creative, white-haired man who is passionate, kind, warm-hearted, happy, and humorous. He has the potential to be arrogant, stubborn, and inflexible.

Theatrical performances, vacations, pricey purchases, and social gatherings with friends are all among his popular pastimes. Being ignored and confronting unpleasant realities are two things he hates.

The 40 year old is a dynamic, creative, self-assured, authoritative, and impossible to resist person. He can also accomplish anything he sets his mind to in any aspect of life.

Djibril Cisse Family

Cisse was born in France to Ivorian parents from a rich household.

Jibril Cisse and several other members of his family converted from Islam to Roman Catholicism.

Mangue Cisse Djibrila was a defender for the Ivorian national team.

In 1970, he advanced to the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals. He died on September 30, 2009, after a long battle with cancer.

Before his parents migrated to France in 1974, his late father Mangue Cisse was a professional player who had captained his country.

Except for the fact that she is a full-time housewife, little is known about Djibril Cisse's mother, Karidiata Cisse.

Djibril Cisse Less-Known Details

A couple of less-known facts about the stylish footballer to wrap this writing up.

His Tattoos

Many people have looked for Djibril Cisse tattoos and their meanings on the internet. Djibril Cisse's body is covered in tattoos, to be sure.

Floral designs, Chinese symbols, and a spider's web to a pair of wings and his children's names are among the more than 40 works of art that decorate his skin, one of the Top Facts about Djibril Cisse.

One thing is certain, Djibril Cisse is a well-known figure that never shies away from the spotlight, even if it means exposing his body.

After Retiring

The Frenchman, who had announced his retirement in 2015, later reversed his decision. Cisse began focusing on a career in DJ, music, dancing, and fashion after eventually putting up his boots.

Cisse most recently hosted the popular French show Dancing With the Stars, which is also known as Strictly Come Dancing. According to Mirror, he was the first male celebrity to be named for the show's sixth season.


The retired


legend bought a manor house in the village of Frodsham, Cheshire, in 2005, after moving to Liverpool, and became Lord of the Manor of Frodsham, another one of the Top Facts about Djibril Cisse.

His decision to refuse the Cheshire Forest Hunt permission to hunt on his land gained a lot of press attention soon after he bought the house.

Cisse infuriated residents by prohibiting any form of hunting on his nine acres of land; “I don’t care what they thought about me – I’m an animal lover,” he told The Guardian Sports.

His Arrest

Cisse was one of four people detained in France in October 2015 for allegedly attempting to blackmail an international footballer through the use of a sex tape extortion scheme.

He was arrested on suspicion of being involved in a sex tape controversy involving fellow footballer

Mathieu Valbuena

, but he was later freed without charges.

Between 2007 and 2009, Cisse and Valbuena were teammates on France's national team as well as for Marseilles at club level.

Another soccer player, Karim Benzema, was arrested in connection with the same blackmail sex tape incident in the same issue.

According to France 24, Cisse has rejected the charges, saying, "I have nothing to do with it, Mathieu is a friend of mine."

The French was interrogated because he knew the others involved in the scandal, according to a French prosecutor, although he was not suspected of being one of the blackmailers himself.

Cisse and Benzema narrowly avoided serving five years in prison, one of the

Top Facts about Djibril Cisse


It's unknown whether the video in issue exists or who appears in it, but according to The Daily Mail, Valbuena and a girl are claimed to be involved in the acts.

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