Djimi Traore has announced his intention to retire at the end of the MLS season. The Seattle Sounders defender still has a chance of bowing out on a high by claiming an MLS title. They face the LA Galaxy in the second leg of what is effectively the semi-final tonight (it’s live and free to watch on PaddyPower.com if you’re a night owl). It could be his last ever game or it could move him closer to another trophy.
When suggesting the boots are to be hung up in the very near future, he spoke proudly of his time with Liverpool saying:
I’m not ashamed of anything I did at Liverpool. It was hard for me. I know I was not the best but I certainly tried my hardest and I’m very proud because in winning the Champions League I achieved something that few people have
However, there’s no getting away from the fact he’ll forever be remembered for this calamitous goal at Burnley:
That’s in the record books and it’s unlikely to be surpassed for infamy than this moment of absolute class he provided for the Sounders last year.
Despite being much mocked, he made over 140 appearances for the Reds, famously taking part in the unforgettable European Cup final against AC Milan in 2005. That night in Istanbul means, rather incredibly, he has more European Cup medals than, among others:
- Diego Maradona
- Eric Cantona
- Lothar Matthaus
- Brazilian Ronaldo
- Roberto Baggio
- Dennis Bergkamp
- Arsenal FC
- All the clubs in Russia (even the bits of Ukraine they stole)
During his time at Anfield he won the FA Cup and other trophies that aren’t the Premier League. Understandably, the tributes have been flooding in from former managers and other people upon whom he had a profound effect. Sort of.