Samir Nasri, former of the French team, looks unrecognizable just months after retiring from football | PHOTO

Samir Nasri had the talent to rank among the best on the planet. However, the player’s temperament was always complicated and that was the cross he carried throughout his career. The Frenchman made his debut at Olympique de Marseille in 2004. After exploding in the local league, he made the great leap to the Premier League with Arsenal, where he shone thanks to Arsene Wenger. Later he chose the millions of Manchester City and his career was lost in insignificance. So much so that, without so many chances, he chose to retire.

In an interview with JDD, the former Arsenal player revealed the news and explained that one of the reasons that led to his premature withdrawal was the punishment he received from FIFA in 2018, for breaking doping regulations. “The suspension was an episode that hurt me a lot and completely changed my relationship with football”, He confessed.

The episode that Samir referred to was the one that happened after ending his contract with Seville. About a month after his disengagement, Nasri received a six-month ban from UEFA for violating WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) rules.

Since the official statement of his farewell from the sport, no more was known about him, until today. Nasri was the main protagonist of the “Match Des Heros” among the Olympique de Marseille legends, but not because of some individual move or a spectacular goal, but because of his striking physical condition.

The Frenchman was part of the white team and he was noticeably overweight. The photograph immediately went viral. Nasri had been without a team for only a year, when he put an end to his time at Anderlecht.

Nasri shared the team with legends such as Robert Pires, Desailly, Ravanelli or Didier Drogba and a team of stars formed by UNICEF was measured in which illustrious figures such as Abidal, Karembeu, Cambiasso, Kluivert or the Spanish Gaizka Mendieta appeared.

Samir Nasri and his notorious weight gain in an Olympique Marseille friendly. (Photo: Agencies)

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