John Arne Riise gets Instanbul-inspired tattoo

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How do retired footballers remember the greatest moments in their careers?

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Not these days. You get a tattoo, of course.

Well, that’s exactly what John Arne Riise has just done.

The Norwegian retired from football last month but isn’t willing to forget the greatest night of his career as he gets older.

The aforementioned night is, obviously, the 2005 Champions League final.

Riise played a large role in one of the greatest Champions League finals in history as he helped his Liverpool side come back from 3-0 down at half-time against AC Milan to draw 3-3, before winning on penalties.

The left-sided player contributed in the incredible comeback by providing the cross for Steven Gerrard for Liverpool’s all-important first goal. He may have missed a penalty in the shootout but that didn’t stop the Reds from lifting their fifth European Cup in Istanbul.

And that memory of missing his penalty doesn’t mean Riise wants to forget about the famous night - quite the opposite in fact.

Because he’s uploaded numerous pictures of the brand new tattoo he’s had done in tribute of that 2005 triumph.

The tattoo, which is on his right arm, shows the Champions League trophy while underneath is the names of the two sides with the infamous date - 25/05/2005.

We have to say, it looks pretty good.

Riise recently announced his retirement on his blog by writing: “A top athlete must always sure to be physically prepared for the best performances.

“They must align themselves with a different lifestyle than others, and to succeed as a footballer you have to have a mental strength that can withstand being tested every week.

“My inner goal was to play football at the Norwegian top level until I was 40. But that is not to be. It stops here.

“The reason you know for sure now. Lately, there has emerged a completely new feeling in me, feeling that joy, glow but no longer strong enough to perform at my best."

Liverpool fans will never forget that night in Istanbul and it seems that Riise will be constantly reminded of that incredible match for the rest of his life in the form of ink.

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