New Nasri footage shows extent of football struggles with post-retirement bulk

Footage of Samir Nasri following his return to playing football pitch appeared to reveal the former Arsenal and Manchester City star's struggles since hanging up his boots.

Nasri made a comeback for a 'Legends of Marseille' team against a UNICEF XI managed his former boss Arsene Wenger in a charity game at the Stade Velodrome.

Fans noticed a difference in the two-time Premier League title-winner's appearance, with the 34-year-old having a considerably fuller figure than when he left West Ham two years ago.

Some poked fun at the ex-France international on social media, with one saying he "Seems to be enjoying retirement" while another tweeted: "Honestly thought that picture of Samir Nasri was fake."

And it was to get worse for Nasri, as a clip emerged showing him falling flat in the floor as he tried to anticipate a pass.

Nasri was running forward from midfield, but didn't have the pace of his younger days with the former Marseille man carrying around a considerably bulkier figure.

And as he tried to slow to receive a cutback from a team-mate, he slipped on the grass, hitting the deck as the UNICEF side regained possession.

It appeared a far cry from Nasri at his peak, when he helped Man City to two top-flight crowns having first lit up the Premier League with Arsenal.

The midfielder was renowned for his quick movement, silky skills and on the ball and passing ability, as well as his direct free-kicks.

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Nasri starred over three seasons at Arsenal before joining City in a £24.8million move in 2011.

In his debut campaign he helped the club to their first league triumph in 44 years, repeating the feat two seasons later.

After five years at City he joined Sevilla on loan in 2017, before a permanent move to Turkish side Antalyaspor the following year.

Nasri later returned to the Premier League to spend half a season with the Hammers, playing just six games before joining Anderlecht on a free transfer.

He left the Belgian club last summer and spent a year out of football before announcing his retirement last month.

While still with Antalyaspor in 2018, Nasri served a doping ban that he said played a big part in his decision to stop playing, with the midfielder maintaining he hadn't taken drugs.

"An incident really hurt me and changed my relationship with football: my suspension. I found it more than unfair as I didn't take any drugs," he told Le Journal du Dimanche.

He added: "After [leaving Anderlecht], I didn't necessarily have the motivation any more.

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"No challenge really suited me. And I couldn't see myself coming back to France if it wasn't at OM."

Nasri lined up for Marseille legends alongside former Didier Drogba, with the former Chelsea striker netting a hat-trick in a 7-4 win against the UNICEF XI.

Arsenal legend Robert Pires, Mathieu Flamini, and Jens Lehmann also featured in the game, along with ex-Liverpool star Djibril Cisse, and Middlesbrough hero Fabrizio Ravanelli.

The clash raised money for his Didier Drogba Foundation, which aims to improve the quality of people's lives in Africa, alongside UNICEF.

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