The retirement of Steven Gerrard triggered a mountain of tributes to the former Liverpool and England captain.
A sizeable portion of his high-profile teammates, and even a few former opponents, paid their respects to the midfielder who will undoubtedly go down in Anfield history.
However, not everybody was quite so quick to speak highly of the player. El-Hadji Diouf, who spent two years at Liverpool and has become a highly unpopular figure around the club since then, has never been shy in expressing his dislike of Gerrard and Jamie Carragher (effectively calling them egomanical racists on previous occasions) and reignited the feud when speaking on French television on Thursday evening.
Diouf, retired from playing last year, appeared on SFR Sport along with former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder Emmanuel Petit and on the day Gerrard announced his retirement, his name was invariably going to come up.
The 35-year-old former Senegal international, as usual, pulled no punched when it came to his opinion of his ex-teammate, even when Petit tried to defend him:
“People told me at Liverpool, there was some guys you could not touch, but I touched them. Stevie G and Jamie Carragher, the two scousers. That is why it was complicated for me.
“When I arrived I showed [Gerrard] he was nothing at all. He was nothing at all.
“I asked him to tell me in which big competition, Euros or World Cup, people think about him.
“I repeat. I respect the player, very big player, but the man, I do not respect. And I told him, I let him know that.
“As you know, there were some brown-nosers, who went to the manager to repeat what I said. That was the real problem. When Gerrard did that, we had an argument, like real men.
“That is why he does not like me. He knows I say what I think, that when it is not right, no problem, I am up for it.
“He could not, he was afraid of looking into my eyes. He was afraid of talking to me. Let’s not forget when I arrived I did not ask for his shirt. He asked for my Senegal shirt for one of his mates.”
Diouf called it a day last year, having made Sabah FC in the Malaysian Premier League his last club, following spells at Doncaster and Leeds in the Championship.
The trophies he won throughout his career include a League Cup with Liverpool in 2003, as well as an SPL and Scottish League Cup double with Rangers in 2011 – somewhat less than the “nothing” player he keeps attacking.