El Hadji Ousseynou Diouf joined Liverpool following a stellar showing at the 2002 World Cup in Japan/Korea. The Senegalese attacker was a key part of the Lens squad in France, and it took £10m to prise him away and to Merseyside in time for the 2002/3 season.
Handed the no.9 shirt, and scored twice on his debut at home to Southampton. Fans had to wait until March 2003 for Diouf's next goal for Liverpool when he scored in a win against Bolton Wanderers. His next game would be rather more memorable The next game saw Diouf hit the headlines when he spat at a Celtic fan during a game causing crowd disturbances and Diouf to be interviewed by the police.
Diouf's attitude had led to him being extremely unpopular on Merseyside, and it came as no shock when he was loaned to Bolton Wanderers at the beginning of the 2004/05 season and he soon became a cult figure around these parts.
A return of nine goals in 27 games earned the respect of Wanderers fans, and the move was made permanent that summer when Bolton splashed out a club record £4.5m to sign Diouf on a four year contract. He scored the club's first ever goal in European competition with a diving header against Lokomotiv Plovdiv, and despite a return of the 'spitter' side of his character he remained beloved of Wanderers fans throughout his stay at the club.
With the departure of mentor Sam Allardyce and the appointment of miserable turd-stain Gary Megson, Diouf's time at Wanderers came to an end in 2008 with the club fighting against relegation - a battle that they would win with the help of the former Liverpool forward. He would however leave for Sunderland in a £2.7m deal.
His stay at the club would last a mere 14 appearances before he rejoined Allardyce at Blackburn Rovers. A loan spell at Glasgow Rangers saw him come into contact with present-Bolton boss Neil Lennon in the Old Firm games. He then spent a short time at both Doncaster Rovers and Leeds United before retiring this past summer.
A proper icon of the Bolton glory days, the two-time African footballer of the year is a divisive figure in world football, but you'll do well to find anyone at Bolton Wanderers with a bad word to say about the man.