Papiss Cisse will go down in Premier League folklore for scoring what’s possibly the league’s greatest brace of all time – but what is the former Newcastle striker up to today?
Indeed, May 2 marks ten years since the Senegalese forward scored two sensational goals against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The first, and probably the less well-known, involved flicking the ball up with the inside of his boot with a delicate touch before slamming it home past Petr Cech on his weaker foot and into the top-corner.
But the stupendous volley was a mere marker of what was to come. With the Magpies holding onto a 1-0 lead in the dying embers of the game, the ball went out of play inside Chelsea's half. The ball was thrown to Shola Ameobi, who nodded it back towards his own half. Bouncing between the touchline and just outside the box to the right of Cech, some 35-yards out, Cisse ran in and smashed the ball with the outside of his right foot.
The ball looped across goal and somehow found its way to the left of Cech’s net, right in the top corner where it was impossible to reach. The strike was inch-perfect – and has consequently gone down in Premier League history as one of the best hits of a ball there's ever been.
Cisse, now 36, played for Newcastle from January 2012 to 2016. Following his remarkable strike on his debut campaign, a season where he netted 13 goals in 14 matches, the forward never quite lived up to expectations. He left in 2016 for Chinese Super League club Shandong Luneng for an undisclosed fee, securing a record of 44 goals in 131 games for Newcastle.
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He penned a quite extraordinary £22.5million-a-year deal in the country – and didn't do badly on the pitch, either. After three years in China where he netted an impressive 18 goals in 34 goals in total, he joined Super Lig club Alanyaspor.
There an equally impressive 42 goals in 64 games followed. It earned him a move to Turkish giants Fenerbahce, but a goal in just four games saw him shipped to Caykur Rizespor earlier this year.
Cisse told the Newcastle Chronicle last month that he still follows the Magpies: "I want to see somebody do better than what we did and scoring crazy goals like I did against Chelsea," he said. "I want to see that because Newcastle is my team. You are happy if people say you are the best January signing at Newcastle United until now, but I want to see somebody better than me and, bang, bang, bang, he scores 20 goals in 14 games because he's going to take my team into a higher position.
"Maybe, because of that, we're going to go play in the Champions League one day. I want to hear that music inside St James' Park because the fans deserve it."
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