Former Liverpool player Florent Sinama-Pongol recalls Mohamed Sissoko’s hilarious effort to recover the Frenchman’s stolen 2005 Champions League winner’s medal.
Sinama-Pongolle was one of the few unfortunate Liverpool players to have their Champions League medal stolen. While the striker, who scored against Olympiacos in the Champions League group stage, was heartbroken by the incident, he has interesting memories of the unfortunate night. Speaking to Ladbrokes (via the Liverpool Echo), the 37-year-old revealed how his team-mate “Momo” Sissoko plotted to intercept the thief and failed miserably.
“My Champions League medal, along with my miniature replica trophy – given to me by UEFA – was stolen one day during an international match. It was taken from my flat by a gang in Liverpool , they targeted five or six of us who were all leaving with our national team at the time. I mean, what do you do after you steal that medal? I don’t know. You can’t do anything with it. “
“There is also an interesting story to mine being taken away, though. I am a positive person and I really believe you have to try to see the funny side in moments like this. I left the keys to my apartment to live with me Momo (Mohamed) Sissoko in the same building. It’s a true story, I promise.”
He further said:
“Momo and one of my other friends are collecting some DVDs from my apartment – I have a lot of collections shipped in from France – do you know when you can only play certain DVDs in certain regions? Well, Momo Was going to my apartment to pick something up with one of my other friends and they saw my front door was open.”
The former Liverpool striker then went on to reveal how team-mate Sissoko reacted to the situation and how hilarious his strategy was.
The French added:
“When they pushed the door further, they were facing the guy who robbed my apartment! So Momo was looking around for something to protect himself before walking up to these guys…but they started running away.”
“I swear to god this happened…they rushed out of my apartment because I was on the top floor and they had to run down all these stairs. Momo, follow them, chase them, call the elevator!”
He went on to say:
“Oh my god…I couldn’t help laughing when another friend of mine told me about it. Can you imagine this? So Premier League footballer Momo Sissoko was in I saw some people in my apartment, when they ran out the door and down the stairs, he was waiting for the elevator door to open?! Of course, by the time Momo went downstairs, they were long gone.”
Sinama-Pongolle admits he can’t believe how it happened and claims he still finds it funny.
The former Atletico Madrid man concluded:
“Listen, it wasn’t a good story at first, and when you hear something like this happens to you, the most important thing is that I’m glad my friends didn’t get hurt. But then they told me the story and I just Laughed so much. Obviously when he finally got out of the elevator, these guys were long gone – gosh, it’s a true story and I still laugh when I think about it now.”
Sinama-Pongoll played just 55 minutes in the Champions League in the 2004-05 season. He didn’t play in any knockout games, but worked hard to cheer for his team in the stands.
Liverpool hero Jerzy Dudek’s Champions League medal also stolen
Jerzy Dudek was one of the heroes of Liverpool’s 2005 Champions League final victory over AC Milan, saving two penalties in the shootout. Unfortunately, the goalkeeper was the victim of a similar heist (via IOL) to Sinama-Pongolle.
Dudek’s house was robbed in June 2006 while he was away on vacation. In addition to his Champions League title medal, the perpetrators also stole the jersey he wore in the final, more than 100 goalkeeper jerseys and more. The Liverpool legend’s £65,000 Porsche Carrera was also stolen.