Samir Nasri made his football debut in the 2004 season in the Marsella Olympic and he was immediately singled out as one of the great promises of French football. In 2008 he was signed by Arsenal and began to excite many with his future; However, his level was in free fall and, after more than a decade of ups and downs, he decided to end his career this 2021 season.
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.
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