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El-Hadji Diouf’s lively banter steals the show ahead of legends match

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The Club de France variety evening witnessed a memorable exchange between football stars, with former Senegalese football icon El-Hadji Diouf taking center stage with a pointed question directed at former French national team coach Laurent Blanc.

On Wednesday, notable figures from African and European football converged in France for a gala match in support of charitable causes.

Among them, French President Emmanuel Macron and football legends like Didier Drogba, Arsène Wenger, and Samuel Eto’o took to the field at Plaisir in Yvelines as part of the Variétés Club de France event.

However, it was Diouf who stole the spotlight with a candid exchange that quickly went viral on social media.

During a light-hearted moment on the bus transporting the players, the former Liverpool winger engaged Blanc, the ex-coach of the French national team (2010-2012), in a humorous conversation.

Addressing Blanc, Diouf quipped, “Lolo, when we qualify for the World Cup and I score 11 out of 14 goals, will you still bench me if I sleep in a box?” His question elicited laughter from all present, highlighting Diouf’s characteristic directness and wit.

While the exchange was lighthearted, it underscored Diouf’s emphasis on the importance of goal-scoring for strikers and the need to prioritize performance over peripheral matters.

Despite the playful tone, the underlying message resonated with the challenges and expectations faced by footballers at the highest level.

Diouf’s memorable banter served as a reminder of his charismatic presence both on and off the pitch, adding an extra layer of excitement to an already star-studded event.

As the gala match unfolded, his playful spirit and lively interactions contributed to the festive atmosphere, captivating fans and fellow players alike.

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