El Hadji Ousseynou Diouf is a Senegalese international football player who currently features for the English Premier League club Sunderland. He is essentially a striker who can play the role of a playmaker.
El Hadji Diouf started his professional career in France with Sochaux in 1998 and played for them for three seasons. In 1999 he moved to French side Stade Rennes and after one season and one goal in 28 league matches moved to Racing Club de Lens where he scored 18 goals in 55 league matches.
Liverpool signed El Hadji Diouf in 2002 for 10 million pounds and although initially Diouf did make quite an impression, that petered out as his tenure progressed at Anfield. He was loaned out to Bolton Wanderers for the 2004-2005 season and after impressing at the Reebok Stadium he was signed by Bolton on a permanent basis.
Diouf was a regular for Bolton from 2005 to 2008 and scored 12 goals in 87 Premier League matches and was one of the best for Bolton in the three years. Diouf was signed by Sunderland in the summer of 2008 on a four-year contract.
El Hadji Diouf made his international debut for Senegal against Benin in April 2000. He has since gone onto play 41 international matches for his nation and has scored 16 goals. Diouf was one of the best players for Senegal in the 2002 World Cup finals.